There is infact a quite clear pattern emerging from the last couple of major crises in world cricket. The culprit who is destroying world cricket is an Australian, but it isn't Ricky Ponting or James Sutherland....No its Simon Taufel.
This arrogant and egotistical aussie is ruthlessly ensuring that all competition to his unchallenged run as the worlds best umpire is maintianed.
Daryl Hair was challenging Taufel because of his high rating for correct decisions as measured by the ICC. But Simon the insidious managed to manipulate the match situation in the Eng v Pak match, so that his competition would be removed. Despite Hair having topped the correct decision rating for the year in which he has dismissed.
Last year Bucknor and Benson were next in line behind Taufel in te ICC awards, so suddenly they mysteriously are both found themselves under pressure to keep their umpiring spots with Bucknor quite possibly being put out to pasture. How could two umpires with such illustrious careers fall so quickly. Clearly this has to be the work of that arrogant aussie, Taufel the aweful. Could this be a coincidince, no clearly there is a pattern that any umpire that challenges Taufel falls on misfortune and gets banned by the ICC. It's a conspircay I tells ya.....
(A post in humour of the some of the irrational and silly stuff I've endured reading in the last week, and I'm talking especially to you Roebuck.)