Anil Kumble has written this rather direct and hard-hitting article in his column in The Hindustan Times.
I’ll let you read it.
A strong start to the article is:
“I’d like to point out that someone clearly edged the ball to slips in the second innings of the Sydney Test, and stood there even when there was not an iota of doubt over the dismissal. He then claimed a catch that showed more than reasonable doubt and said he was 100 per cent certain it was clean”.
Apart from writing about the Harbhajan Singh racism issue, Anil Kumble provides an early indication that his pre-tour catch agreement with Ricky Ponting will be torn up. Kumble says, referring to the Michael Clarke catch-claim:
“At this point, a few days before the big Test at Perth, I can tell you that [the Michael Clarke catc-appeal] behaviour will play a big role in my decision on the continuation of the agreement that Ricky and I had made before the series began. We had decided that in the case of a disputed catch, we would take the word of the fielder concerned, if he was certain. But that agreement was based on the premise that come what may, whatever the situation, the fielder concerned would be completely straight on what happened. Now, there will obviously be a big question mark moving forward on that”.