Indian media hysterical, says British press

Published: Thursday, November 22, 2001, 21:33 [IST]
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London: The British media has termed as "angry" and "hysteric", the Indian media's reaction to the penalties imposed by Mike Denness on the Indian players. Reporting the International Cricket Council's hints that it was unlikely to over rule the decision of Denness to impose a suspended ban on Sachin Tendulkar for "acting on the ball", the 'Times' said opinion in India appeared to be hardening. "The reaction of certain Indian newspapers reached hysteria level", the newspaper said quoting reports from an Indian newspaper, which questioned Denness' sense of fairness. 'The Telegraph' said India's reaction to Speed's announcement could be influenced by public agitation. "The angry tone of the Indian press - Osama bin Laden and Afghanistan yielded every inch of space to "Denness the menace" on the front pages on Wednesday- and Parliamentary debates," the newspaper said in its report titled "Indian fury as ICC back Denness". 'The Telegraph' said that the disciplinary action by Mike Denness had precipitated a cricketing crisis. "Following protest marches in Kolkata and an angry reaction in the Indian Parliament, there was a real threat of the tourists being recalled before the third Test, due to start on Friday," the newspaper said.

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