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    The forgotten non-Test Match that wasn't

    In all the cricket controversies over the years this non-Test after the Mike Denness Affair tends to be overlooked.

    South Africa v India 2001

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    Very true, I almost NEVER find this mentioned.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lillian Thomson View Post
    In all the cricket controversies over the years this non-Test after the Mike Denness Affair tends to be overlooked.

    South Africa v India 2001
    I remember feeling really sorry for Shaun Pollock as at the time he hadn't made a Test Century. It was a great innings by him that day. Bit of a joke that this wasn't a Test Match.

    LOL at the Indian opening pair though.

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    Another game that could have done to have been a Test but it was essential for matters of off-the-field importance that wasn't.

    Insane case, though. Some of Denness' punishments to the Indian players were OTT, but to refuse to play unless he was removed as Referee was both childish and utterly pointless. With demanding Bucknor's removal as Umpire, that at least had an amount of sense behind it. This, though, didn't. And ITE Dalmiya and whoever else was responsible for it did cricket one hell of a lot more harm than good with their stupid stance.
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    I remember watching this game live, was gutted for Shaun.

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    Woah what's this about? Never heard of it!

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    Someone please tell me the story of this match. I have forgotten about it.
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    Well the story of the match itself isn't really interesting - South Africa cakewalked it.

    The interesting bit is what happened during and just after the previous match.

    Mike Denness, I$C$C Match-Referee, penalised six(?) Indian players for a variety of offences. There was the sometimes-seen outrage (in this case completely ridiculous, unlike several) in India. This was not helped by the fact that the tabloids everywhere had worked-up a relatively harmless bringing-the-game-into-disrepute charge at Tendulkar into ball-tampering (which he was neither accused of nor penalised for in actuality). Jagmohan Dalmiya, BCCI President at the time, decided to take a stupid line (not for the only time) and insist that India would not play the final match if Denness remained Referee. I$C$C, naturally, refused to remove him. The South African Board decided that the lost revenue from rebates to whichever TV company was providing the coverage would have been a greater harm than the loss of Test status for the match. So they refused to give Denness access. I$C$C, naturally, therefore refused to give the match Test status.

    The trouble didn't end there - in fact what happened next was possibly worse. Incuded amongst the fines was a 1-Test ban for Virender Sehwag, who had played and excelled in the opening 2 games. India took no notice of the revocation of Test status and did not play Sehwag in the final game against South Africa. No-one seemed to notice this at the time; I was very worried (India's next series was at home to England). Sure enough, Sehwag was included in the squad for the First Test. And there followed a period of brinkmanship between Dalmiya and Malcolm Speed, who said that Sehwag playing would once more render the First Test unofficial; Lord MacLaurin, ECB Chairman of the time, said England would go home if the Test was not an official one. Eventually, perhaps inevitably, Dalmiya backed down and instructed the selectors to omit Sehwag from the squad. But there were a few days when a hell of a lot of people were very worried.

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    Will this test match be given test status in the future do you think?

    Would be a boost to Pollock's averages anyway.

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    Was it given first-class status?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sideshowtim View Post
    Was it given first-class status?
    Yes, basically counted as another tour-game. Indians vs South Africans.
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    Will this test match be given test status in the future do you think?
    Well in many ways it'd be great if it was as it was stupid that it had to be denied it ITFP. But for similar reasons the forfeit in the England-Pakistan Test of '06 must stand, this non-Test must also do. To rule otherwise would overturn a decision taken for reasons of vital off-field authority-upholding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rvd619323 View Post
    Sounds like bureaucracy gone mad
    Well it was a case of Jagmohan Dalmiya gone mad, yes. The man had his plus-points, by jove he did, but when he was bad he really could be horrible, and as I say - this time he brought cricket to the point of schism.

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