Melbourne, Jan 8: West Indies umpire Steve Bucknor has been replaced for next week's third Test between Australia and India, the International Cricket Council (ICC) said on Tuesday.
ICC president Mal Speed told a news conference that New Zealand umpire Billy Bowden would stand in his place. Earlier too there were reports that the controversial umpire is most likely to sit out of the third Test at Perth after a livid Indian team went public with their grouse against the veteran West Indian. It is learnt that ICC is favourably inclined to agree with the request of the Indian team that Bucknor does not stand in any other match of the ongoing series.
Speed also confirmed that the ICC has received the BCCI's official appeal documents in relation to Harbhajan Singh's three-Test ban for racially abusing Andrew Symonds, and that Symonds' team-mate Brad Hogg also faces a code of conduct charge.
And ICC Chief Referee Ranjan Madugalle, the former Sri Lankan player, will also travel to Australia in time for the third Test at the WACA Ground to try and broker a peace between Australian captain Ricky Ponting and his Indian counterpart Anil Kumble.