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Published: Monday, November 5, 2001, 20:50 [IST]
 
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London: Even as the English media kept up its attack on the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president Jagmohan Dalmiya, blaming his "maveric tendencies" for the current crisis in international cricket, former England captain Michael Atherton ridiculed the system of having match referees and advocated more powers to the ground umpires instead.[an error occurred while processing this directive]Atherton said the crisis following the defiance of International Cricket Council (ICC) by Indian and South African cricket Boards had only confirmed a long-held view by players that "as a governing body of world cricket the ICC are a laughing stock" and called the match-referees "typical of the body they represent". "There is, and always has been, a complete lack of uniformity or consistency among match-referees," Atherton said writing in the The Daily Telegraph on Sunday.He said the good and sensible referees were in "a distinct minority". Most were "petty and weak", he said.Meanwhile, Dalmiya continued to draw flak, with the paper calling him a "control freak, the player of political games, the man who destabilises then poses as the saviour of the Indian tour". "Never under-estimate his cleverness", wrote the paper.The Working Committee meeting of BCCI in New Delhi was crucial, the papers said. The Independent said Dalmiya will either accept that ICC runs the game or declare that he runs it. PTI

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