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Monday, August 08, 2005

Uh, say what?

In Sydney Morning Herald, this little story about the Kasprowicz dismissal which sealed England's win. This bit, I don't get:
Billy Bowden's decision might be reviewed by the International Cricket Council but it would not alter the outcome of the match, ICC spokesman Brendan McClements said.
"The umpire has made his decision. The fact is he [Kasprowicz] is out. The game's finished," Mr McClements said.

Sorry... what review is this? Does the ICC regularly review doubtful umpiring decisions? If yes, what does it do with the results of its reviews? If not, why this decision alone?
Questions, questions -- lemme see if a letter to McClements will yield any answers. Meanwhile, elsewhere on SMH, Chloe Sattlau talks to Kasprowicz about the Harmison delivery that will haunt Kaspar the rest of his life, and to Ponting about the game that made him a manicurist's nightmare; in another piece, Sattlau examines the possible changes in personnell for the third Test, starting with the possibility that Kasprowicz could be axed.
And with that, boys and girls, I am out of here for the day... much work remains... and after that, some downtime and sleep. See you guys tomorrow.


  • I think Billy Bowden always gets some flak for his unconventional antics on the cricket field. People are used to the Dickie Bird and David Shepherd school of umpiring, where the umpire should only be visible when there is a decision to make (or in Sheps's case when the score is 111). I think he is a pretty good umpire who loves the limelight a little more than some people can take and his weirdness should not be held against him. I don't remember a review panel when Steve Bucknor made some dreadful decisions when India was down under in 2003-04. In fact Asoka De Silva seems to be the only umpire relegated from the elite panel, AFAIK. Anybody know of someone else suffering the same fate?

    On a side note does Tyron Wijewardane fill anyone with confidence in this current Indian Oil cup?

    By Blogger Ashwin Ramachandran, at 19:23  

  • what, not watching the SL-India finals, prem?

    By Blogger Mock Turtle, at 21:22  

  • Mock: Yes, wasnt thinking when I posted that see you tomorrow bit... see you later in my night, actually :-)

    By Blogger Prem Panicker, at 22:28  

  • I thought Aussies were always graceful in defeat. I watched the match that morning and in fact Kappa was plumb in front to Flitoff (just like his first innings delivery) when he was in single digit. I wonder why the aussie media won't talk abt that.

    By Blogger Swami, at 22:49  

  • of course not - and not about the KP dismissal in the second innings either when he wasn't out.

    By Blogger Mock Turtle, at 22:51  

  • mock turtle:
    thanks for answering my question before i could ask it. for a minute i thought the final was not tomorrow but the day after.

    By Blogger dna, at 23:13  

  • is anybody watching the match on sgstream tomorrow? can anyone tell me what the event name is to search for?


    By Blogger dna, at 23:18  

  • check this link out :)


    By Blogger Mock Turtle, at 23:55  

  • http://rameshchitor.blogspot.com/

    By Blogger Ramesh Chitor, at 00:46  

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    By Blogger Raghu, at 00:56  

  • dna, The word to enter is the venue "colombo". Heres to more SG bashing :)....just kidding..

    By Blogger Raghu, at 00:57  

  • As much as I was hurt by Australia's defeat in the 2nd test, Im glad that England won it. Otherwise the charm of the series would have been lost. But Aussie fans...dont worry..it Old Trafford and I really dont see England coming out on top there provided Australia have a fit team barring McGrath. If their batting would have been in good shape they could have thought of dropping a batter and promoting Gilly to 6 but I dont think that they would do it now that Hayden and Ponting are so woefully out of form and confidence. But I still think that Mcgill should be included. He has always done well against England and bowling at tandem they can do wonders. I wonder if Australia have ever lost a test when the two played together? I thought that Flintoff was a bit lucky that his gamble against Warne came off (courtesy of that secret bowling machine which the BBC reported today?). Ian Chappell wrote in The Telegraph that he still cant pick Warne. I also thought that Pietersen played warne better that Freddie did. Australia just need to bat well to come on top and if they are in dire straits again at Old Trafford ...memories of 1997 and that man called Tugga coming out with that red handkerchief and scoring those 2 memorable centuries will surely come to mind.

    PS. Old Trafford and Oval both turn. Mcgraths coming back in Trent Bridge. My money is still with Australia.

    By Blogger Dark Nights, at 02:08  

  • Billy Bowden's decision might be reviewed by the International Cricket Council

    Jano Gibson's wishful thinking?

    One radom and absolutely baseless thought from Jano Gibson's article. His case is based on the freeze-frame footage. Just by looking at it, it is quite clear that the right hand/glove was not in contact with the bat. But to me, just by looking at the freeze-frame, its not that clear the the ball in fact did not touch the bat! Did you guys happen to watch the slow motion reply? Would like to know your thoughts on that.

    also, in support of ashwin's comment above, i think billy bowden's antics are good for the game. makes the game interesting. my father who despises watching cricket on TV, would come up to the TV just to see him signal a six. and i also think he makes good decisions.


    By Blogger Hari, at 02:13  

  • Another intriguing thot as i watched the ashes match, each day the match got extended by 30 min or so - neither team completed 90 overs on any day . Wasnt SG suspended for that reason ?? Is the infamous ICC bias again or am i missing something

    By Blogger Karthik, at 02:53  

  • Prem...SL won the toss, batting first is an advt., they will win final.

    By Blogger Rajg, at 04:09  

  • Team is on expected lines:

    V Sehwag, SC Ganguly, *R Dravid, Yuvraj Singh, M Kaif,
    +MS Dhoni, A Kumble, Harbhajan Singh, IK Pathan, Z Khan,
    A Nehra.

    No VVS..good for the team.

    YS and MK should apply themselves, rather than throwing away wicket, since, they scored in last match.

    By Blogger Rajg, at 04:11  

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