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The BCCI Officials is not happy with comments of ICC


The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is not happy with some comments made by the International Cricket Council (ICC) president and chief executive over the delayed bid made by the four Asian countries for the 2011 World Cup.

To make matter more complicated the BCCI Vice-President Inderjit Singh Bindra even sent a mail to the ICC President Ehsan Mani, expressing his disappointment over some comments made by him (Mani) in the Indian press over the compliance documents submitted by the Asian countries.

Bindra had blamed the previous set-up of the BCCI headed by Jagmohan Dalmiya for hiding the compliance documents and not passing those to the present officials. According to the details, Bindra was not pleased to read Mani contradicting his statement about the BCCI finding out about the compliance documents after a delay.

“I’m a little perplexed at your purported comments on the controversy surrounding the delay in India submitting the Compliance Document for the 2011 World Cup. In today’s Hindustan Times, a Delhi-based daily, you were prominently quoted as saying, I quote: “I do not know why the BCCI said that they had first heard of the compliance requirements on February 13 in Lahore from the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). It doesn’t make sense,” Bindra wrote to Mani.

He also writes: “It’s a matter of record that present officials of the Board, including Mr Pawar, came to know about the details of the bidding process, when we went to Lahore for the first India-Pakistan Test on January 13. In fact, the letter of intent to the ICC Development International (IDI) was sent from Lahore itself. I was aware of this.”

“Then the Indian Board treasurer N Srinivasan and I (Bindra) were in Dubai on February 10-11 and it was on record that both of us went to the ICC Headquarters to personally collect all the ICC papers related to the World Cup.”

“The four boards then hurriedly submitted the Compliance Document but it was found not fully compliant. We’ll be eternally grateful to the ICC for giving us another month’s time to revise the document. We all worked overtime to complete a job, which would normally take at least a couple of months, in a couple of weeks,” Bindra has written.

“You can be best assured that I do not and have not sought to get involved in the internal affairs of the Indian board. I assumed the reporter was seeking a clarification which I provided,” Mani has replied back to Bindra. The interesting thing is that apparently at the meeting, held to decide the World Cup bid, the Indian officials also had words with the ICC president and CEO.

At the ICC Executive Board meeting things got heated up when Malcolm Speed set the ball rolling with his comment on how the BCCI was being administered by honorary officials. “How will you run the World Cup without a CEO?’’ queried Speed to angry reactions from Bindra and the BCCI Secretary Niranjan Shah.

Already miffed with Speed for his reported comments last week on the need for the BCCI to hire a CEO, the delegates shot back at the ICC chief resulting in a lengthy standoff. The Asian bloc also got into another tussle with Mani joining issue with the BCCI over leakage of the news of Asia winning the bid.

According to sources Mani was unhappy that the news was leaked close to three hours before an official communication, by the BCCI Vice-President Lalit Modi. “We were in a coffee break when I got reports that the news was already out. I immediately expressed disappointment to the relevant people,’’ Mani said. When pressed further on what he told the BCCI officials, Mani refused to comment. “I cannot reveal anything more than this since we cannot reveal details of the meeting,’’ added Mani.

Source:The News

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