Stay back for 3rd Test, UCBSA pleads

Published: Thursday, November 22, 2001, 19:43 [IST]
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Johannesburg: As India weighed various options after its demand for immediate removal of Mike Denness as match referee was rejected, South African Cricket authorities appealed to the Indian team not to pull out of the third Test starting on Friday in the interests of the public of the two countries. "In the interests of the South African and Indian public, who stand to lose the most if the third Test match is not played, we appeal to the BCCI and the Indian team to take the field on Friday and to play this crucial Test," the Chief Executive Officer of the United Cricket Board of South Africa (UCBSA) Gerald Majola said shortly after the International Cricket Council (ICC) rejected the Indian demand. The rejection of the Indian ultimatum by the London-based ICC on Wednesday has also triggered a demand for affected countries to get a right of appeal. "Although we respect the decision of the ICC, the UCBSA urges the governing body of world cricket to make amendments to the Code of Conduct to make provisions for a process of appeal in regard to all disciplinary hearings," Majola said. Majola said the UCBSA was "extremely sympathetic" to the position of the BCCI and its team on the "harshness" of match referee's decisions and the fact that the players have no recourse to appeal. Estimating that the South African Board would incur losses of around $ 3.5 million should the Test not go ahead, Majola said UCBSA has backed India's decision to seek the removal of Denness as match referee. Meanwhile, an Indian official was quoted as having said in a news report that to date 62 penalties have been slapped on cricket players in India and Pakistan for various match offences.
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