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McGrath says ICC action 'ridiculous'


Posted: Jan 09, 2008 at 1208 hrs IST

Melbourne, January 9: : Retired Australia pacer Glenn McGrath has lambasted the International Cricket Council which, he felt, caved in to BCCI's pressure and dumped Steve Bucknor from next week's Perth Test.

According to McGrath, it was "ridiculous" to replace the umpire just because he had a bad game and the former pacer also called on the ICC to show some leadership instead of bowing down to the Indian board.

"I think it is sad and disappointing that it gets to the stage where you have a bad game and they are calling for your head," McGrath was quoted saying by The Age.

"What is there, eight international umpires on the panel? And if a couple of teams aren't happy with umpires then all of a sudden you have got one to choose from," he said.

ICC chief executive Malcolm Speed has made it clear that the governing body took the 'practical step" just to take tension out of the series and let players focus on cricket. He also refused to call it a triumph for the BCCI.

McGrath, however, felt otherwise.

"I think that (it) is ridiculous, that is why we have the ICC to control things rather than individual countries," he said.

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