ICC rejects Denness~~ removal in 3rd Test
Published: Friday, November 23, 2001, 3:51 [IST]
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London: ICC on Thursday rejected the decision of the cricket Boards of India and South Africa to replace Mike Denness as the match-referee for the third Test between them starting on Friday saying they did not have the authority to do so."The ICC cannot accede to demands for Denness' removal. To remove him under this kind of pressure would be to disregard the rules agreed by all member countries and set an unacceptable future precedent," a statement issued by ICC chief executive officer Malcolm Speed said. He said it has been suggested in South Africa that a replacement match could be staged if the Test does not go ahead. "If this were to happen it would not be recognised by ICC as a Test match. It would not be officiated by an ICC referee or umpire and neither the result nor statistics would be included in Test match records," Speed said. The ICC said the disciplinary action taken by Denness in Port Elizabeth would continue to stand. Specifically, this would mean that the one-match ban served on Virender Sehwag would now apply on the first Test match against England in Mohali in September. Reiterating its decision to stand by Mike Denness' appointment as the match-referee for the third Test, the ICC rejected the proposed course of action agreed between the two Boards. "Mike Denness was properly appointed by the ICC for this series and approved by both South Africa and India. No cricket Board has the authority to remove Mr Denness from his position as the match-referee," Speed said. Asked for the response to the proposition of replacing the two umpires appointed for the third Test by ICC by two South African umpires, who are on ICC panel, Harrison said, "They will not be ICC umpires. They will not be ICC representatives. They (the replacement umpires) will have to be paid by the United Cricket Board of South Africa (UCBSA)."