ICC has no plans to stand down Bucknor

Last updated 00:00 01/01/2009

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The International Cricket Council (ICC) has said it had no plans to adhere to India's demand and remove umpire Steve Bucknor from the third test against Australia.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has demanded Bucknor be stood down from the Test at the WACA Ground, which starts on January 16, following the poor performances of the Jamaican and England's Mark Benson during the second test at the SCG.

India were angered by several key decisions during the test, and insisted afterwards the result – a 122-run win to Australia – would have been different had half the incorrect decisions gone the tourists' way.

Benson is not scheduled to stand in the third test, but Bucknor is, with Pakistan's Asad Rauf.

However an ICC spokesman last night said cricket's governing body had no plans to change officials.

"We have not received anything from the BCCI at this point in time," the spokesman said.

"We have no plans to change the appointments."

India have called for Bucknor to be replaced despite it contradicting the laws of test cricket, which state teams do not have a say on which umpires officiate matches.

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