Kiwis complain to ICC
Even as the debate over the controversy stemming from match-referee Mike Dennes's
decisions continues, another potential stand-off looms large,
with New Zealand raising concerns about the competence of a
Zimbabwean umpire who officiated during their drawn third
Test against Australia at Perth.
According to reports received in Sydney, New Zealand
Cricket (NZC) has written to the International Cricket Council
complaining about the umpiring decisions.
NZC's Chief Executive Martin Snedden said they have
expressed particular concern about the performance of
Zimbabwean umpire Ian Robinson, who rejected two critical
appeals during Australia's second innings.
Television replays showed Australian captain Steve Waugh
and all-rounder Jason Gillespie were lucky to survive appeals
for catches behind the wicket. The match finally ended in a
draw when Australia, chasing 440 runs for victory, finished
the final day 69 runs short of the winning target with three
wickets in hand.
Snedden said the New Zealand team had serious concerns
about Robinson's competence and NZC hoped he would not receive
another Test appointment.
Snedded said NZC has also demanded increased video
scrutiny of umpiring decisions.
Meanwhile, the umpire in question, Ian Robinson, has made
an impassioned plea for understanding the predicament of
Robinson was quoted in the Sydney Morning Herald as
saying, "It's tough it really is. How can any human being be
as good as a camera? Umpires can only do the best they can.
That's all I can do. We're on a hiding to nothing, really.
"Nobody bothers mentioning the things we get right, but of
course everyone highlights it when we get it wrong. We're all
human and we all have human frailties. We're never going to be
as good as modern technology."
The Mike Denness controversy
Mail Cricket Editor