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    Mark Benson another anti india umpire ?

    For folks watching the current India South Africa series its again a sense of deja-vu seeing the "perplexing" decisions from Mark Benson.

    On the first day at Durban , With SA toterring on 3-35 two plumb lbw against Gibbs and Prince are not given - before the score reaches 100 another plumb lbw on Prince is turned down - even the neutral expert Wasim Akram is moved to comment "its amazing how this cannot be out" while Pat Symcox looks on embarrassed but pleased.

    Not to say two blatant edges caught behind are turned down - Ntini looks sheepishly at his bat and last wicket adds another 30 runs !!

    fast forward to second day - a rising Nel delivery is edged by Dravid on to his pads - he is on tip toes and he is struck high on the pad - Pat Symcox feels "that's too high "- Akram feels "definitely will go over the stumps" - graphic shows the ball bouncing a clear one feet over leg stump - Mark Benson in a flash decides that's OUT !!

    If there are mistakes evenly for both teams - one can overlook but the pattern of bias continues.

    Amazing how so many umpires always target India as the team to be sawn off - Steve Bungler from WI and Shocker De Silva from Sri Lanka are known never to award a dubious decision to India but number of lbw claimed by shocker de Silva against India is amazing !!

    Steve Bungler's decision to reprieve Jonty Rhodes by not asking for third umpire run out at a crucial stage in a test in South Africa and his infamous Tendulakr caught behind at the Eden Gardens where there hardly an appeal from the Pak team are examples of his racial prejudices !!

    Welcome Mark Benson to this exclusive Club of neutral ICC umpires !!

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    I don't quite understand how its racial bias, but whatever. Not sure about Benson, but Ashoka De Silva is a terrible umpire against any team. You should've seen him in the first test between Pakistan and WI, shameful display of umpiring.
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    Conspiracy theories.

    I will admit the umpiring was very poor in general, but to suggest he is anti-Indian on the basis on of a coincidence of three or four decisions is ridiculous and petty. Asad Rauf turned down a plumb lbw on Dhoni in the same match... perhaps I should start an "Asad Rauf another pro-India umpire?" thread....
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    Yuck, poor thread.

    Benson's not THAT bad, but Rauf is horrible, in general. Both umpires have made bad decisions against both teams actually.
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    "Mark Benson, the on-field umpire for the ongoing India-South Africa Test at Durban, left the field 20 minutes into the third day's play after suffering heart palpitations.

    He will be kept under observation in the Intensive Care Unit at St. Augustine's Hospital overnight, and his condition reassessed tomorrow. Benson, one of the "neutral" umpires for this Test, complained of palpitations and was escorted off the field, with Ian Howell taking his place. " source cricinfo

    ...looks like an attack of conscience - may he recover after this series is over !!

    No complains on Asad Rauf who is defintely neutral and does his best

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    Quote Originally Posted by Krishna_j
    ...and justice for all !!
    Disgusting...

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    Poor thread. Not true.
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    Oh goody, another Asian member with a persecution complex. In the current Ashes Test there were four plumb LBW's turned down in the Australian Innings, three against Hayden, yet in the England Innings there were appeals granted which were less obvious and one which would have missed by 4 inches.
    It's not bias...........it just happens..............and we all except it as human error and move on.

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    while browsing the net for any similar reaction - I was amazed to find this link in an obscure news paper from Delhi and someone actually beat me it never mind if he's another Indian :

    http://epaper.asianage.com/Default.aspx - see the edition for Dec 28 Page No 1

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    Quote Originally Posted by Krishna_j
    while browsing the net for any similar reaction - I was amazed to find this link in an obscure news paper from Delhi and someone actually beat me it never mind if he's another Indian :

    http://epaper.asianage.com/Default.aspx - see the edition for Dec 28 Page No 1
    Hahah, never heard of that paper though.

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    Oh goody, my favourite type of thread. Another that makes me proud to be a cricket fan.

    I really wish I could tell all these rabid, myopic and self absorbed cricket ignoramouses to "**** off" and leave cricket for the real fans and lovers of the game but I cant as that is against the swear filter and not nice.

    So I will just answer the question posed in the thread title. "No".

    The recent Ashes Test brought up by L&T is a good example. England were harshly treated but its part of the game. Maybe we should start burning effigies like some of the more emotional cricket fans from certain regions. And judging by the last Ashes series umpires must hate Martyn.
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    Yes - but like the paper it exists !!

    like Rex Whitehead , Steve Bungler and Mark Benson all culpable of making mistakes only against one team - never mind if they are consistent in that the team is India

    Rather like Doug Constant's consistency where Pakistan was concerned

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    Quote Originally Posted by Goughy
    B]Maybe we should start burning effigies like some of the more emotional cricket fans from certain regions.[/B]
    You say it like 'certain regions' are undefined.

    I seriously hate being associated with this type of thread.

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    I move that we should have a "rant of the week" award. Call it the Saj?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Neil Pickup
    I move that we should have a "rant of the week" award. Call it the Saj?
    Nah. A rant has to have some merit. This is ridiculous & way over the top.

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