~~ICC should probe into Bucknor allegation~~

Published: Monday, May 8, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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Kolkata:Former Test star Gundappa Viswanath today said Steve Bucknors allegation that television crew doctored images was a serious matter and the ICC should look into it.

International Cricket Council elite panel umpire Steve Bucknor has expressed outrage at some television production companies doctoring images to make umpires look bad and key players look good.

Bucknor, who holds the world record for the most appearances in Tests of 111, has recounted personal experience of TV personnel misusing the TV technology to influence decisions in matches in an interview in West Indies.

''It has been known to happen where the technology has been used to make umpires look bad,'' he said. ''Mats (the line graphic used to adjudge lbw decisions) have been moved, balls have disappeared, ball hitting the bat and only coming up into the fielders hands, but between the bat and the hand, no ball is found and you are told, Sorry, we don't have that clip, we can't show it','' he has gone on record stating.

Viswanath, who has been in the panel for Elite Match Referees for ICC from 1999 to 2003, said, ''Its a very serious matter when it comes from someone of Steve's (Bucknor) calibre and experience. When he has said something like this he must have some reasons behind it.'' ''The ICC should take up the matter and look into it's,'' he said.

Asked what could be the action taken, he said, ''Its too early to talk about it. I am not in a position to say it. The ICC should have access to those tapes,'' said the former cricketer, who is here as a batting expert from NCC, said.

Continuing with the use of technologies and the experiment of captains being able to appeal to the third umpires during the Champions Trophy, he said, ''It's just an experiment. We will have to see how the captains take it. The ICC used the super-sub and came short of expectations and it was removed.

In Sri Lanka captains were allowed to appeal for LWB decisions to the third umpires. Lets see how it goes.'' Commenting on whether too much dependence on technologies was robbing the game off its thrill, he said, ''Before there were talks of technologies not being used and now there are talks also.

Technologies are all right and experiments can continue. There is nothing wrong into it. But I dont think its going to be there forever.''

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