We~~ll do our best to save Test: Majola
Published: Wednesday, November 21, 2001, 21:41 [IST]
Johannesburg: The United Cricket Board of South Africa (UCBSA) on Wednesday said it would do everything possible to save the third Test in Centurion Park, which is in jeopardy following the controversial harsh punishment of six Indian players by match referee Mike Denness in the second Test. "We have been talking to the ICC and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) chief Jagmohan Dalmiya about the demand by India that match referee Mike Denness be replaced," said Gerald Majola, CEO, UCBSA on South Africa National Radio. The Board will do everything possible to save the third Test, he said. "I flew back to Johannesburg from Port Elizabeth with the Indian team and the members are all keen to play in the third Test. So I hope the controversy surrounding the second Test will overcome as soon as possible," Majola said and added that he will be in constant touch with the BCCI chief and ICC to ensure that scheduled matches go on. "We have a very good relationship with India and want the Test series to go ahead. The match is very crucial to South Africa and India. India played very well on the last day of the second Test and it wants to win the third. South Africa also wants to play in order to win the series," he said. Meanwhile, the punishment meted out to Indian cricketers has received wide publicity in South Africa with newspapers publishing leading articles. The South African media has indirectly accused Tendulkar of tampering with the ball. However, there is a strong feeling among cricket fans that a number of South African players including captain Shaun Pollock have over chirped and intimidated some of the Indian players but were not pulled up.