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Tony Brown, administration secretary of the TCCB, on On The Line's film about cricket umpires: 'The programme-makers have been less than honest all the way through. They appeared to be setting out to prove that umpires are menial players in the game, but they were totally biased the way they did it, they only gave one side of the story. We offered our total co-operation, but when the umpires were concerned that they were going to be stitched up, they decided not to talk. So none of the chaps that they interviewed were contemporary umpires. The programme said that the system where captains assess the umpires is not fair, but the umpires themselves believe there isn't an alternative.'