PCB to complain about poor umpiring in third Test

Published: Monday, August 7, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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Lahore:Miffed with the controversial umpiring in the ongoing third Test against England at Leeds, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is planning to submit a written complaint against on-field officials Billy Doctrove and Darell Hair to the ICC.

''The PCB is planning to write a letter to the ICC complaining about the poor decisions of both umpires that ruined Pakistan chances of bowling out opposition cheaply,'' 'The News' quoted a source in the team management as saying.

Pakistan was at the receiving end of some controversial decisions by Doctrove and Hair, who, according to the visitors, did not give Kevin Pietersen and Andrew Strauss out despite clear knicks.

Of the two, Pietersen went on to score a hundred and Pakistan team management claimed that the poor umpiring has ''ruined'' the visitors' chance of taking early advantage in the match.

''Both umpires have ruined Pakistan's chances of bowling out England cheaply in the first innings here. Had the two batsmen were given out at that time, Pakistan would have had a tight grip on the match,'' an official was quoted as saying.

The daily reported that Pakistan was particularly against the appointment of Hair in the match. This is Hair's second successive assignment involving Pakistan.

Meanwhile, PCB chairman Shaharyar Khan remained tight-lipped on the matter but admitted that the board ''would do something in this reagard.'' The PCB chief said he was upset with the standard of umpiring in the match and felt technology should have been put to use to determine close calls.

''We suggested for the help of technology. The umpires should be trusted but they must show flexibility and should have the courage to refer each and every controversial decision to the third umpire,'' he told the daily.

''If there is a provision of technology why not make the best use of it,'' he added.

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