Lindsay overlooks Ganguly-Flintoff verbal duel
Match referee Denis Lindsay on Wednesday dismissed as "odd chirp" an exchange of words between India
captain Sourav Ganguly and England fast bowler Andrew Flintoff
on the third day of the first cricket Test in Mohali and said no
action is being contemplated against either of the two players.
Coming in wake of the controversial punishments
handed down to six Indian players by English match referee
Mike Denness in South Africa, which resulted in a major row in
world cricket, there was speculation that Wednesday's incident
might also attract the wrath of the referee.
But Lindsay said the incident was not even reported
to him and the ground umpires had asked the two players
to take it easy.
"There is nothing to it," Lindsay told reporters after the match.
"As long as it is not anything personal towards the player or the umpire... Anything personal will not be tolerated,"
Lindsay said, while expressing satisfaction over the handling
of the situation by umpires Steve Bucknor and S Venkataraghavan.
Flintoff was at the end of his run-up when Ganguly walked away from his wicket as he was not ready. A minor exchange of
words ensued between the two players before umpire Bucknor intervened and calmed them down.
Day 3 match report
Mail Cricket Editor