Thatscricket - News - Cricket: Denness says he has no regrets
Published: Tuesday, January 29, 2002, 23:53 [IST]
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Sharjah: He may have thrown world cricket into turmoil but Mike Denness arrived in Sharjah to referee the Pakistan-West Indies Test series saying he has no regrets. "I did what I believe was appropriate at the time ... I have no regrets," the former England stalwart told Tuesday's Gulf News.[an error occurred while processing this directive]"I believe I had the backing of the ICC (International Cricket Council) for what I did," he said. As far as I am concerned it is over and done with."However, it is not over and done with as far as India is concerned. India's cricket chief Jagmohan Dalmiya has threatened to boycott the ICC-appointed Referees Commission and provoked fears of a split among the 10 Test-playing nations.The three-man Commission is set to meet in Johannesburg on February 23 and will probe whether match referee Denness was justified in penalising six Indian cricketers, including superstar Sachin Tendulkar, in South Africa in November.Dalmiya forced South Africa to dump Denness, an ICC appointee, for the next Test, forcing the governing body to declare the match unofficial. The Indian Board wants the Commission to be either put on hold till the ICC executive meeting in Colombo in March or a new commission formed comprising each of the 10 Test-playing nations.The ICC was expected to rule on India's latest challenge soon. "Now that I am here my mind is totally focussed on this tournament," Denness said. I am forgetting what happened in South Africa because none of that would be brought here. It is left in South Africa."I am here to enjoy West Indies and Pakistan. Let's hope that there is nothing that umpires have to report to me."The series, switched to the United Arab Emirates because of security concerns and cut to two Tests and three One-day Internationals, is due to open on Thursday.It will be only the third to be played at a neutral venue in Test cricket's 126-year history.
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