PUNE (India) - Australian captain Ricky Ponting's recent row with the ICC umpire Aleem Dar in the Melbourne Test has been viewed with keen interest by at least one family in Pakistan. "Aleem Dar had the backing of the International Cricket Council (ICC), whereas my late father Shaqoor Rana had to rely solely on support from the home board Pakistan Cricket Board. There was no system of the neutral umpires then and there was no ICC Elite Panel for the umpires," said Shaqoor Rana's son Mansoor Rana who is former Pakistan cricketer and now coach of the Pakistan National women's cricket team. In one of the most controversial incidents in cricketing history, Shakoor Rana notably came face-to-face with Mike Gatting in the finger-wagging incident that stopped the Faislabad Test in 1987. The image of the English cricket captain and an international umpire shouting at each other with fingers waved in the other's face was a shocking one for the image of the game. The incident in question occurred on the second day of the Test as Gatting was controversially accused by Rana of making an alteration to the fielding positions. Rana stopped the game and accused Gatting of cheating. Rana had already upset the English by wearing a Pakistan sweater and placing Mudassar Nazar's cap on his own head. The game was stopped by the incident and only resumed the following day. Rana and Gatting were both accused of using foul language. Shakoor refused to stand again in that Test until he received an unconditional apology from Gatting for the language used in the dispute. Gatting was threatened with being stripped of the England captaincy and was forced into issuing a written apology to Rana. Gatting has since expressed regret at his part in the row. "It is wrongly believed that my dad treasured Gatting's apology letter so much that he kept it under his pillow. We are coming from an educated family and my father was a decent man. I still have preserved Gatting's letter," Mansoor Rana added. "My father regretted the incident having taken place although he said he had to take a stand for the sake of cricket. He also feared that because of the incident our careers would be affected," the son concluded. Shakoor Rana died on April 9, 2001, six days after his 66th birthday. Interestingly, the country who put forward the neutral umpires choice in ICC meeting after the Shakoor and Gatting row was Pakistan.