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International Cricket Council's cricket committee chairman Sunil Gavaskar has called for a bigger role for the match referee following an acrimonious one-day series between Australia and India.

The world champions beat the hosts 4-2 in the seven-match series earlier this month, which saw heated exchanges between players of both teams and racial taunts directed towards Australia's Andrew Symonds by spectators in Baroda and Mumbai.

"While there is no question that the blame rests with the management of both teams for letting it descend to such levels, the ICC match referee and the umpires are no less culpable," Gavaskar wrote in his syndicated column on Sunday.

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