Denness stays away from India match

Denness stays away from India match

Post by Prakash Melwa » Fri, 16 Aug 2002 19:28:49

Copied from The Times of India.

Fascinating comment at the end: ‘‘I have nothing to do
with the ICC any more.’’

Has Mike retired - or been dropped by the ICC - or has a guilty
conscience? :-)



Even as most of the Essex oldtimers thronged the members’ room
to see India take the county side on in the four-dayer, there was a
notable absentee: Mike Denness.

The former England captain, whose verdict as the ICC match referee
last year had threatened to split the cricketing world into two, will
not be stepping on to the ground here over the next four days even
though he lives a few minutes’ drive from the venue.

‘‘I have no desire to go for the match,’’ said
a curt Denness, when this correspondent called on him at his residence
at the quaint*** Hill Lane at Hutton in the neighbourhood of a
place called Brentwood. Was it a because of the controversy at Port
Elizabeth? ‘‘I would not like to answer your question
either. Right now, I have just come back from the hospital and am
relaxing,’’ he said.

Further efforts to keep the conversation going failed as he
said:‘‘I am fine now. See, I am the chairman of Kent now
and in case I wish to keep in touch with the game, I would rather go
there.’’ On the controversial issue that brought him in
news, Denness refused to admit uttering the cryptic: ‘‘I
have nothing to do with the ICC any more.’’