Ponting calls for cricket to ditch neutral umpires

first_imgFORMER Australia captain Ricky Ponting yesterday called for cricket to ditch its requirement to have neutral umpires after a number of incorrect decisions in the first Test of the Ashes series in England.Aleem Dar of Pakistan and West Indian Joel Wilson have drawn criticism after a number of their calls were overturned by the review system during the opening day at Edgbaston.Ponting, who is part of the Marylebone Cricket Club’s (MCC) influential Cricket Committee, said he would ensure the matter is discussed at their next meeting.“It’s already been spoken about a lot among the players. If it’s not brought up (at that next MCC meeting), I’ll make sure it’s added to the agenda,” he told the Cricket Australia website.“I would like to think the game has come far enough now for the game to not have neutral umpires.“People might say that with all the technology we’ve got now, it doesn’t matter that much. But it’s not a good spectacle when pretty obviously wrong decisions are made,” he added.“There’s been a lot of negativity about the DRS (Decision Review System) over the years, but we’re pretty lucky that we had it (at Edgbaston).”The International Cricket Council (ICC) mandated the use of neutral umpires in 2002, meaning English and Australian officials – widely considered among the best in the world — cannot be part of the Ashes series.Ponting pointed to England’s Richard Kettleborough as a top umpire forced to miss out.“Surely Richard Kettleborough and the like would want to be umpiring the best series. The best umpires can end up missing out on all the big tournaments,” he said.“It could force umpires into retirement a bit early as well when someone like (former Australian umpire) Simon Taufel is spending most of his life (overseas), which is a bit harder than spending your time in Australia.”Former Australia spinner Shane Warne, another member of the MCC Cricket Committee, also criticised the umpiring on day one of the Edgbaston Test, calling it “horrific”.“England are bowling very well. The umpiring has been horrific from ball 1 & so has the reviews process of the right ones from Australia,” he said on Twitter.The MCC’s Cricket Committee, guardians of the laws of the game, is an independent body comprised of current and former players and umpires who meet twice a year to discuss issues around the sport. (AFP)last_img read more

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William Henry Newman, carpenter, 65: Dec. 10, 1947 – July 20, 2013

first_imgWilliam H. NewmanWilliam Henry Newman, age 65, died Saturday, July 20, 2013 at his home in Wellington.  He was a carpenter.William was born on December 10, 1947 in Woodward, OK to Doss Curtis Newman and Dorothy Ellen (Ramey) Newman.He married Cecelia Marie Abasolo on July 9, 1982 in Wellington.He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends and attending baseball, basketball, and football games.  He was well known for his outstanding carpentry skills and his ability to fix anything.He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Dallas Curtis Newman and Michael Lee Newman.Survivors include his wife of 31 years, Cecelia Newman of Wellington; three sons, Billy Newman, Curtis Newman, and Joseph Newman; three daughters, Sue Kimzey, Christy Page, and Gina Dunn; three sisters, Mary White, Lila Brown, and Doris Haltom; 19 grandchildren; and eight great grandchildren.Funeral Services will be held at the First Christian Church on Thursday, July 25, 2013 at 10:00 A.M.  Pastor Don Bryant will officiate.  Interment will follow the service at Prairie Lawn Cemetery.There will be no visitation.A memorial has been established with the William H. Newman Memorial Fund.  Contributions can be left at the funeral home.Frank Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements.To leave condolences or sign our guest book, please visit our website at www.frankfuneralhome.netlast_img read more

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