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Mike Procter still cannot forget Tendulkar’s role in monkeygate controversy

[caption id="attachment_62250" align="alignnone" width="580"]IMG20180127092729 Former ICC match referee Mike Procter with West Indian legend Michael Holding at Wanderers press box on Saturday. Image Source: Xtra Time[/caption]

Debasis Sen, Johannesburg: Ten years since the infamous ‘monkeygate’ controversy, former ICC match referee Mike Procter has opened up in his autobiography named ‘Caught in the Middle’. Procter is of the opinion that master blaster Sachin Tendulkar could have averted the blown out of proportion episode.

Mike Procter, once a colossal competitor, was the match referee of the 2nd Test, India tour of Australia at Sydney, Jan 2-6 2008. And opening up about the incident to xtra time, Procter said, “I still feel Sachin was a real good guy and an unbelievable cricketer. But from my point of view I had my hearing and we all had chance to say something. Sachin also had a chance to say what he saw the situation as it happened out there.  He was at the striker’s end and he said he didn’t hear anything what Harbhajan said. That’s what he told me in my hearing and he tried to appease the situation. But what followed later was shocking. He said in front of the appeals commission that he heard what Harbhajan said and it was a bad Indian word, which was very unfortunate that he didn’t say at my hearing. There were stories that if the appeal was upheld then Indians would be going home.”

Procter, who is now involved with his charity work for his foundation, was at the press box of the Wanderers Stadium.  The 71 year old Procter, regarded as a colossal competitor in English first class cricket, caught up with former West Indian legend Michael Holding.

Talking about the wicket here at the Wanderers, Procter said, “I think it would have been an unfortunate situation for India if the match had to be abandoned. India batted twice on this pitch and I don’t think the pitch had deteriorated much more than when India batted in the second innings. I think it was a right decision from the umpires to go ahead with the test match.”

Click on the link below to watch the entire interview of Mike Procter:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oOo2-op8ZX0

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