Umpire Davis was drunk on eve of Durban Test: SA players

first_imgSouth African cricketers have alleged that they spotted umpire Steve Davis drunk on the eve of India’s series-levelling Durban Test and are now mulling lodging a complaint against the Australian who made two howlers during the second Test.The Proteas reportedly saw the 58-year-old umpire “in a drunken condition” at the Umhlanga hotel where both teams and match officials had stayed during the Durban Test.Sources in the Proteas camp, on condition of anonymity, told the Afrikaans daily Beeld that Davis was regularly seen in a particular bar over the past week. They said he was also seen stumbling into the Sandton hotel in the early hours of the morning during the first Test in Centurion last week.Proteas team manager, Mohammed Moosajee, referred the daily’s query to Vincent van der Bijl, head of the ICC referees Panel, who said he was aware of the “stunning” allegations but declined to comment on whether Davis would face any disciplinary action.”There are established procedures to be followed and (any action) can only occur as soon as we receive an official complaint,” Van der Bijl said.Davis, along with his Pakistani colleague, Asad Rauf, committed quite a few umpiring blunders during the second Test, with lbw decisions involving de Villiers and Mark Boucher being the most important ones.During India’s second innings, Davis turned down a confident lbw shout from the South Africans off Dale Steyn’s bowling but TV replays later showed that he was wrong.Zaheer then went to add crucial 70 runs for the eighth wicket with VVS Laxman after India were tottering at 148 for seven at one stage in their second innings.advertisementIf that was not enough, during South Africa’s chase of 303 runs, the Australian came up with another shocker and gave Boucher out lbw to Zaheer but replays showed the ball was missing off stump.Durban win proved India aren”t dependant on Sachin only: AkramIn New Delhi, the series-levelling victory over South Africa in the second Test in Duban proves that India are no longer a one-man team and can win matches without champion batsman Sachin Tendulkar’s contribution, feels former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram.After losing the series opener in Centurion by an innings and 25 runs, India came back strongly to beat South Africa by 87 runs in the second Test at Kingsmead yesterday.”Even on a wicket like Durban, India performed exceptionally well. The team played like a unit. It’s a team that does not rely on the services of one particular player. I remember, in our times, it was Sachin Tendulkar all the time.”Ten years back whenever we would get Sachin out, it was all over for India. But now, the scenario is different. The opposition team has to make sure that they get all the batsmen before breathing easy,” Akram said.England can beat India “every day of week”: GoughIn London, in what could raise the hackles of the Indians, former England fast bowler Darren Gough on Thursday said that Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s men are champions only at home and England can beat them “every day of the week”.Gough said England were the best team in the world at the moment after their innings drubbing of Australia in the fourth Ashes Test, and India’s performance in South Africa have nothing much to write about.”For me, we’re the best team in the world at this moment. I’ve watched the South Africa-India series and I see nothing to worry about. India are fantastic in their own country and have some great individuals but I’d fancy this England side to beat them every day of the week,” Gough said.With inputs from PTIlast_img