BCCI welcomes ICC's decision to drop Bucknor for third Test

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New Delhi, Jan 8 (UNI) The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) today welcomed ICC's move to remove umpire Steve Bucknor from the third Test against Australia and will decide the future course of action in the evening.

BCCI Vice President Rajiv Shukla today said ''We are happy to hear that ICC has removed Bucknor from the third Test. It is a victory for us.'' ICC today decided that Bucknor will not stand in the third Test between India and Australia and will be replaced by New Zealand's Billy Bowden.

He further added that BCCI members will meet today in the evening and will further decide on the issue. ''We have a Working Committee meeting in the evening where we will decide on the future course of action.'' Meanwhile, BCCI secretary Niranjan Shah said no stone would be left unturned to fight against ICC's verdict which convicted Harbhajan Singh for making racial remarks.

''We are watching the Harbhajan's issue more closely. It is more important than the umpiring issue because he has been accused of racism and we will never tolerate any such thing.'' BCCI has already made an appeal against match referee Mike Proctor's decision which banned Harbhajan for three Tests.

''We have already made an appeal against his ban and we are waiting for the process to start," Shah added.

The Indian board has also asked ICC to look into the horrendous umpiring decisions which resulted in India's loss at Sydney.

''We have told them to look at the decisions he has given which cost the match. Our team lost the match due to Bucknor and it is good for the team that he was changed,'' Shah said.

BCCI Chief Administrative Officer Ratnakar Shetty said the board was unhappy with the way Mike Proctor conducted the whole procedure of hearing and will challenge it too.

''For us, Harbhajan's case is more important at this point of time. The manner in which the hearing was conducted, that itself has been challenged. We are asking ICC to withdraw the charge against him,'' Shetty said.

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