Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Steve Bucknor: It is the time to say good bye Test cricket?

Controversial West Indian umpire Steve Bucknor has been removed from officiating in the remaining India-Australia Test series and replaced by Billy Bowden. On the other hand, Harbhajan Singh has been clearly to play for India team pending his appeal against a three-Test ban.

One of the famous cricket based websites cricinfo said that Indian board has welcomed the removal of umpire Steve Bucknor from the third Test against Australia in Perth Test. It is a great victory of Indian team. However, Harbhajan’s ban of three Tests because of racial abuse by Australian all-rounder Andrew Symonds was the much bigger issue than horrendous umpiring in the second Test at SCG. You already know that many wrong decisions came against India team.

Bucknor has been replaced with New Zealand’s Billy Bowden for the next week’s Test between the two sides in Perth which will start from 16th January. He will appear along with Pakistan’s Asad Rauf, who had been originally appointed for this match.

Harbhajan, who was slapped for a three-match ban for allegedly racial abuse against Andrew Symonds, may be eligible to play in Perth after Speed indicated the appeal process might not be resolved quickly.

Indian news website telegraphindia.com quotes former Indian players Devang Gandhi and Ashok Malhotra as saying the umpiring was among the worst they have witnessed.

Most of the former players asked ICC to consider an age limit for the umpires and don’t get any chance to stand in Test.

Dear fans, what is your opinion about the age limitation of umpiring. Do you think ICC will take any steps to limit the age of umpire in international cricket?

Has Steve Bucknor lost his vision and hearing capability?

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