Young cricketers protest Denness~~ decisions

Published: Wednesday, November 21, 2001, 22:44 [IST]
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Kolkata: Holding aloft placards reading "Denness the Menace", nearly 500 young cricketers on Wednesday paraded the streets of the metropolis denouncing ICC match referee Mike Denness' harsh punishment to six Indian cricketers, describing it as a step 'with a malafide intention'.Organised by the Rajiv Gandhi Memorial Society, the youngsters staged a mock cricket enquiry and hand out the decision by a match referee. They jeered the 'match referee' and ultimately removed him from the ground to register their resentment against Denness' recommended action against six Indian cricketers including skipper Saurav Ganguly. The youngsters later marched in a procession to the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) office justifying BCC president Jagmohan Dalmiya's stand on the issue and demanding immediate removal of Denness as match referee. "If Denness is not removed, India should return home," they demanded and said his action was 'absolutely baseless'. The organisation's general secretary Madan Mitra said that the Society would shortly take out processions comprising senior citizens and eminent sports personalities in the metropolis on the issue.

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