ICC rubbishes BCCI suggestion on umpiring

Published: Wednesday, September 6, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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New Delhi: BCCI may feel that the men in white should be robbed off their prerogative to call off a match but ICC today made it clear that it is not ready to oblige, for the reasons are not strong enough to change the rules.

Addressing a press conference here today, ICC Chief Executive Malcolm Speed, however, said that BCCI can send a properly formulated suggestion to ICC Cricket Committee but as of now, there was no such possibility to change the rules.

''One thing we need to bear in mind is that for 300 years, the on-field umpires took decisions like this which stood with time.

Ideally, suggestion like this should come from the ICC Cricket Committee headed by Sunil Gavaskar and they can forward us if they feel so.

''But of course, BCCI can also send a properly formulated proposal to the Cricket Committee. We need to be very cautious while changing power of the umpires that stood for 300-odd years,'' he argued.

Earlier, in the wake of the forfeited Oval Test involving Pakistan and England, BCCI secretary Niranjan Shah had supported the demand for scrapping the umpire's power on the forfeiture of a match.

Mr Speed, meanwhile, threw his weight behind the umpires who decided that Pakistan had forfeited the Oval after they refused to take the field in protest against charges of ball tampering by Australian umpire Darrell Hair.

''If you go by the law, the two on-field umpires do have the power to do so and there is no doubt about that. It was solely their jurisdiction,'' Mr Speed said.

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