Mark Benson and Steve Bucknor’s umpiring in the game has the covered the spectrum of honest mistakes, incompetency to deliberate intent. Wherein lies the truth? While, the Harbhajan episode takes its toll on the game, the umpiring issue should not die a natural death especially if the latter two causes are probable or likely. There seems to be bunch of ancedotal and material evidence floating on the web that Steve Bucknor may have strong prejudices against the Indian team. If that is case, why cannot it be investigated. Past cricketers seem to have raised Bucknor’s integrity/intelligence time and again. Isn’t that enough evidence to investigate. I believe deliberate intent to harm the course of the game is as serious a crime as match fixing and should not be tolerated. I am sure there is enough video footage to prove Mark Benson’s incompetency. How does the ICC propose to deal with incompetencies? Incompetent cricketers face their outcomes by getting dropped from sides. What about umpires? Is the ICC telling us that all they are having great difficulties in producing elite umpires that they have to hold on some of these idiots? Hell, we are producing Phds dime a dozen, is it that difficult produce an honest quality umpire?
While we spend time on discussing dealing with, in the overall scheme of things, petty issues like over rates to death, pathetic umpiring seems to be passed over as “acceptable”. Where does the ICC stand on this?
P.S: Does anyone know what corporate India intends to do with the contracts signed with Aussie cricketers?