Dec 31, 2010

ICC reject Australian umpire Steve Davis drink claim

Steve Davis
WORLD cricket bosses have denied a report that Australian umpire Steve Davis was seen drunk in Durban.

Vincent van der Bijl, head of the International Cricket Council's referees panel, said he was aware of the story, but ICC media spokesman Colin Gibson insisted no complaint had been made against Davis.

"The CSA (South African board) hasn't told the ICC anything," Gibson said.

"It's all nonsense."

A report in a South African newspaper claimed South African players were considering lodging a complaint against Davis, who they allegedly saw "in a drunken condition" at a hotel where the teams and officials were staying, before the opening day of the second Test between South Africa and India.

Afrikaan daily newspaper Beeld quoted sources from the team saying they had frequently seen Davis at a Durban bar and he was also seen stumbling into another hotel in the early hours during the first Test, at Centurion.

Davis, 58, who has stood in 31 Tests, made two blunders on the last two days of the second Test. Both went against the home side. India won by 87 runs to level the three-match series 1-1.

THE event likely to rock international cricket during the next two weeks will take place half a world away from the fifth Test at the SCG.

Doha, the capital of Qatar, will be the location for the hearing into spot-fixing allegations against Pakistanis Mohammad Aamer, Salman Butt and Mohammad Asif.

The trio has been provisionally suspended since a News of the World sting in August found that Aamer and Asif bowled deliberate no-balls on the instructions of skipper Butt during the fourth Test against England at Lord's.

Aamer, 18, is believed to be ready to give evidence against Butt, Asif and other Pakistani players.

Lawyers for Butt and Asif have suggested they have information that could implicate some of the world's top cricketers in betting scandals.

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