No one is above Law, says Miandad
Published: Tuesday, November 27, 2001, 0:09 [IST]
Islamabad: Former Pakistan cricket captain and coach Javed Miandad on Monday criticised the Indian and South African cricket Boards for their handling of match referee Mike Denness' controversial punishments to six Indian players saying they had created an "unavoidable scandal". Miandad said India might be a major revenue earner and commercial hub of international cricket, "but it does not mean that it takes the Law into its own hands". Similarly, he blamed United Cricket Board of South Africa (UCBSA) for humiliating Denness, who he thought, should have been treated with more respect. "There is no reason strong enough to warrant the UCBSA's stand (in removing Denness as the match referee for the third match) even if it involves trade ties with India. They had a duty towards the referee and the game and they simply failed to honour it," Miandad said. Miandad said BCCI president Jagmohan Dalmiya was wrong in demanding the removal of Denness and challenging the authority of ICC. "What wrong did Denness do? He just used his powers given to him by the ICC, powers which have been approved by all member nations including India and South Africa," he said. "No one is bigger than the game. Nor is anyone above the Law," he said.