Islamabad: Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Lt Gen Tauqir Zia has expressed delight and satisfaction over the amicable resolution of the stand-off between the International Cricket Council (ICC) and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) over rulings of match referee Mike Denness.
"I am delighted that things did not go beyond repair," he said, reacting to the news that BCCI and ICC reached an amicable settlement. Though the confrontation between the two has ended, it appeared to have left a bad taste everywhere, he was quoted as saying in local daily 'Dawn' in Rawalpindi. Ideally the two should have sat down together and sorted out the matter instead of triggering a media war, he said adding that although the situation has apparently died down, it has nevertheless left a bad taste in the mouth. The media war of words between the two parties was pretty depressing for anyone associated with the great sport. "But all is well that ends well. I honestly hope that a similar crisis never surfaces again," he said. Welcoming ICC's decision to constitute a Referees Commission, Zia said, "I think it is a good decision. I firmly believe that there should be a right of appeal and there should be a panel to determine if the affected party has a case to feel disturbed." He however disagreed with suggestions to do away with system of match referees while giving more powers to the ground umpires. "The umpires have a split second to make a decision while the match referee has all the facilities to take a punitive action. The two cannot be mixed." Extras:
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