India in SA

Drunk umpire report rubbished

2010-12-31 10:02
Steve Davis (File)
Johannesburg - The International Cricket Council (ICC) has rubbished reports that Cricket South Africa (CSA) had lodged a complaint against Australian umpire Steve Davis.

South African daily newspaper Beeld claimed that the home cricketers would lodge a complaint after they spotted umpire Davis drunk on the eve of Durban Test.

However, when contacted by The Telegraph website, both the ICC and CSA squashed the report.

“No allegations have been made. CSA hasn’t told the ICC anything. It’s all nonsense,” Colin Gibson, ICC’s head of media and communications, said.

Michael Owen-Smith, CSA’s media officer, confirmed that no complaint had been lodged with the ICC.

Proteas manager, Mohammed Moosajee, referred the paper's query to Vincent van der Bijl, head of ICC referees' panel, who said he was aware of the allegations but declined to comment on whether Davis would face action.

According to the report, the Proteas reportedly saw the 58-year-old umpire “in a drunken condition” at the hotel where both teams and match officials had stayed during the Durban Test.

Sources in the Proteas camp, on condition of anonymity, said that Davis was regularly seen in a particular bar over the past week. They said he was also seen stumbling into the Sandton Hotel in the early hours of the morning during the first Test in Centurion last week.

Davis, along with his Pakistani colleague, Asad Rauf, committed a number of umpiring blunders during the second Test, with lbw decisions involving AB de Villiers and Mark Boucher being the most critical.

Television replays showed that both decisions were wrong.

Australia's Simon Taufel and England's Ian Gould will umpire the deciding third Test between the Proteas and India at Newlands, starting on Sunday.

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