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Last Updated: Wednesday, 9 January 2008, 12:04 GMT
Australia v India - the verdicts
Steve Bucknor
Bucknor will be replaced by Billy Bowden for the third Test in Perth

Cricket has been engulfed by controversy after the tempestuous second Test between Australia and India.

There have been accusations of racism and bad sportsmanship, the axing of an umpire, while the tourists have threatened to pull out of the tour completely.

Here are the views from around the world on the series that has divided cricket.


"It is sad and disappointing that it gets to the stage where you have a bad game and they're calling for your head. I think Steve's very good and I've got a lot of time for him. That's why we have (governing body) the ICC, to control things rather than individual countries."
Former Australian pace bowler Glenn McGrath

"We could have gone in banging the table and playing 'who blinks first', we could have turned what is already an international incident into an international crisis. What we have elected to do is to take one of the issues out of play."
ICC chief executive Malcolm Speed

I feel very sorry for Steve Bucknor, he is an excellent umpire. He probably didn't have the best of games in the second Test but for him to be dropped I think is really, really sad. He has been hung out to dry a bit. I think it's been a really tough and harsh deal for him.
Former Australian batsman Justin Langer, speaking on BBC Radio Five Live

"I am disappointed if any umpire is removed from a position because they might have made a few mistakes. I keep telling people it's still a game, it's not life or death and they have to accept it as such as professionals and move on."
West Indies manager and former Test match referee Clive Lloyd


"By all means put in a report saying that you did not think a certain umpire had a good game and highlight what he got wrong, but for India to demand that Steve Bucknor be replaced for the third Test in Perth, and for the ICC to agree to it, has terrible implications for the game."
Former England skipper Nasser Hussain in his Daily Mail column

"I feel for Steve... it's probably the best for him to stand down and relieve the pressure a little bit."
Australian umpire Darrell Hair, who was at the centre of the Pakistan ball-tampering row

"When you get to that age... I have said to Steve, 'Don't go on too long, get out while you are still respected'. I think he has gone on too long. If India feel that an umpire is not up to I think they have the right to say so."
Former England umpire Dickie Bird

"People need to calm down. Suffice to say that it was not the first time that umpires have made mistakes, and it will not be the last. I hope that everything can be sorted out so we have another great game in Perth next week."
Former Australia spinner Shane Warne in his Times column


"The [three-match] ban [for racially abusing Australia's Andrew Symonds] is totally uncalled for, unjustified and patently illegal. The working committee reiterated that the ban imposed on Harbhajan is totally unacceptable."
Board of Control for Cricket in India

Harbhajan Singh
Harbhajan has been cleared to play until his appeal his heard

"Anyone who played with or against me knows I was not against sledging, as long as it was done in the right way. But if Harbhajan called a member of the opposition a 'monkey' or used any sort of racial abuse I would say to him: 'Sorry, you are on your own.'"
Former England skipper Nasser Hussain

If there was racial discrimination - as there was deemed to be because Harbhajan Singh was given a three-Test ban - that cannot be tolerated.
Former Australian batsman Justin Langer, speaking on BBC Radio Five Live

"We didn't behave like cry babies and go running to the officials every time something was said out in the middle. Australia do it constantly and more than anyone else, so how they can complain about the behaviour of other teams, I don't know."
Former Pakistan skipper Wasim Akram

"There is a process in place for appeals and Harbhajan has appealed. We can't have one set of rules for the India team and another set for everyone else."
ICC chief executive Malcolm Speed

"The Aussies have been sledging and abusing players with little censure for years, so there will be some sympathy towards Harbhajan for standing up to them. But in a world where racial friction can cause the death and destruction now being seen in Kenya, its use on a sports field is unacceptable, regardless of the provocation."
Daily Telegraph writer and former England player Derek Pringle


"The Indian board's stance amounts to attempted blackmail and it cannot be tolerated. Holding the game to ransom in such a way is arrogant and bad sportsmanship."
The Australian newspaper

"The cricketing world and the public rose up in anger at the treatment meted out to Team India but justice has been done. We've won. Not the Test series, but at least a moral victory. Steve Bucknor has been removed from officiating and Harbhajan has been cleared to play pending his appeal."
The Times of India


"Replacing Bucknor for the Test in Perth has little to do with his skills and much to do with simple expediency - a way to appease India and ensure that the tour and series are able to continue. Whom next will the players bully out of a job?"
Guardian columnist and former England cricketer Mike Selvey

"India might be all too willing to show their clout as the game's economic powerbase but it is the past they are truly railing against. Until not long ago, it was the custom for the likes of England and Australia to patronise all other countries."
The Independent


"Test cricket is what is being played here, it's not tiddly winks. It's a tough game and out there from time to time emotions will boil over."
Cricket Australia boss James Sutherland

"There's certainly been a lot of feeling from ex-players who think the baggy green (team cap) has been disrespected. Some of these current players need to be spoken to. I was pretty disappointed."
Pakistan coach and former Australia fast bowler Geoff Lawson

My personal view is that the payers are not going too far. The guys play tough and have been brought up that way. Australian cricketers have been playing that way for many, many years going right back to the first tour almost. It has been a vital ingredient in their extraordinary success.
Former Australian batsman Justin Langer, speaking on BBC Radio Five Live

"While they consider themselves fair if hardnosed and aggressive professionals, a growing number of observers see them as exceptional cricketers given to boorish, arrogant and ungracious behaviour."
The Australian


"Those who suggest Australian and Indian players in this series have not been playing in the spirit of the game, are showing their ignorance of how we have been born into cricket."
Former Australia coach John Buchanan

"The pressure to win out on the field has become too hot, and that pressure is all about winning at all costs. The fall-out that we are seeing at the moment is not acceptable. We believe Australia's Test team moral compass needs to be retuned."
Sport Australia Hall of Fame chairman John Bertrand

"Certainly the captain needs to be stronger and keep his guys in line. He needs to look at himself."
Former Australia player Neil Harvey

"We know how hard it is to get an opportunity to play for Australia and we want to play as hard as we possibly can. We never stepped outside the rules or the laws of the game. As I said, we play hard, we play fair, but we'll never step outside the laws of the game."
Current Australia batsman Michael Hussey

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