Lloyd slams ICC on Bucknor decision

Published: Wednesday, January 9, 2008, 3:35 [IST]
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Durban: Windies manager Clive Lloyd and South Africa coach Mickey Arthur have criticised the decision to remove umpire Steve Bucknor for the third Test between Australia and India.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) axed Bucknor in favour of New Zealand's Billy Bowden for next week's match in Perth after India demanded the 61-year-old West Indian be stood down following a series of blunders at SCG.

"That's just silly, you can't do that," former ICC match referee Lloyd told a news conference on Tuesday. "Does that mean when anybody says they don't want a particular umpire we're going to move them?

"The ICC is wrong...it's a bad decision. What happens if a couple of other umpires make a mistake? Are they going to get rid of all of them? I find it very strange."

Arthur echoed the views of former West Indies captain Lloyd.

"If we don't like a particular umpire can we also have him removed?," said Arthur.

"They have set a precedent and I don't know if it's a particularly good one. It looks a bit of a mess."


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