Sydney: Contrary to speculations in sections of the British media, the chairman of the International Cricket Council Malcolm Gray said the ICC is not contemplating 'suspensions' of India and South Africa in the wake of the row over the Mike Denness affair.
Gray spelt out the ICC position during a radio show "Australia talks back" when asked whether the Denness issue would trigger a split in the cricketing world and possibilities of India and South Africa facing a ban. He, however, maintained there was no change in the governing body's stance on its insistence that the current third 'Test' between India and South Africa will remain 'unofficial' and that Virender Sehwag's one-match suspension will be effective for the first India-England Test at Mohali next week. In response to questions, Gray said the question of "inconsistent decisions" by umpires and referees would be addressed by the ICC. "I find it ironical that today, everyone involved with cricket - players, coaches, physios, even officials - are professionals, while the umpires alone are not," Gray said. Seeking to address the demand by India and other countries on the need to allow appeals against match referee decisions, Gray said, "The question of reviewing the performance and decisions of match referees would be considered seriously and appropriate measures put in place." Gray also went on to say that the five-man panel of match referees, once constituted and made operational next April, would function in a unified manner when it came to interpreting and enforcing the rules.
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