Australian media attacks Dalmiya, Ganguly
Published: Sunday, November 25, 2001, 0:35 [IST]
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Sydney: Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president Jagmohan Dalmiya and captain Saurav Ganguly were on Saturday attacked as "self-righteous and disruptive men" by the Australian media, which also criticised controversial match referee Mike Denness for acting in a "high-handed" manner. Like the press in Britain, Dalmiya was targeted by newspapers in this country for "destabilising world cricket". One leading cricket writer Robert Craddock roped in Ganguly also saying that both he and Dalmiya "haven't got the class or patience to accept decisions which don't go their way". Craddock said the replacement of Denness was a "black mark" on the credibility of both Indian and South African cricket Boards and a "shattering day for cricket". But another cricket writer Peter Roebuck said Tendulkar was "badly treated" and the allegations of ball tampering against him "should have been thrown out". However, writing in the 'Sydney Morning Herald', Roebuck felt the Indian and South African Boards carried the matter a little too far. "It is not a Test taking place in Pretoria but an aberration, a self-indulgence, a contest without meaning." "A legitimate protest has been turned into an immature howl."