Correspondent

Poor umpiring at Sydney Test that led to Team India’s defeat the trigger

CUTTACK: Enraged over Team India’s defeat in the Sydney Test due to poor umpiring and suspension of Harbhajan Singh, angry cricket fans here staged a demonstration and burned the effigies of umpires Steve Bucknor and Mark Benson.

‘Call off series’

Students of Ravenshaw University staged a demonstration at the College Square and demanded that India call off the series.

University cricket team vice-captain Biplab Siladitya said India should lodge a strong protest with the ICC and call off the Australian tour.

“India should not play any more matches against Australia. All cricket-playing Asian nations should follow suit,” Mr. Siladitya said.

Effigies burnt

Coming down heavily on the two umpires, the fans said that Mr. Bucknor and Mr. Benson were a “disgrace” and they should immediately be removed from the ICC elite panel of umpires.

The fans later burnt the effigies of the two umpires, accusing them of poor decisions which went against India and giving a record victory to Australia which they did not deserve.

Orissa Cricket Association secretary Ashirbad Behera, when contacted, also decried the blunders committed by the two umpires.

“Such things make more damage to the game, particularly in the sub continent,” he said.

He also appealed the BCCI to ensure that such things did not recur.

“No doubt, Australia is now a good cricketing nation. But, its team has to prove beyond doubt that they are world champions by fair play only,” Mr. Behera opined.