Malcolm Speed said, “I expect that Steve [Bucknor] will continue as an ICC Elite panel umpire but what we’re seeking to do here is to take some tension out of the situation.”
The key word there, I suspect is “expect”. I suspect that that means we have seen the last of Bucknor?
So after flexing its financial muscle the BCCI has won round-one of two-round battle. It now wants its second claim to be settled prior to the Perth Test: that of Harbhajan Singh’s appeal being heard prior to the Perth Test and that the “guilty of racism” tag overturned against its player.
Once again, the ICC has buckled under pressure and has come down on one of its own. Yes, we all agree that Steve Bucknor had an ordinary game in Sydney and perhaps it was right for the ICC to bid goodbye to him. But why did they not do so prior to the Sydney Test? Why did it have to come to this?
Once again, the ICC has shown that it is a United-Nations-type organisation that just listens to the might of the powerful or (in this case) the rich.