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Thatscricket - News - ICC rules out any action against India

Published: Friday, June 1, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
 
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Sharjah: In an apparent snub to the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), the International Cricket Council (ICC) has ruled out any action against India for its consistent refusal to play against Pakistan.''There is nothing the ICC can do if one country does not play against another,'' ICC chief Malcolm Gray, who was here on a short visit on his way to London for the ICC annual general meeting, told reporters.Mr Gray said, ''We can't control foreign relations...with the World Test Championship now in place, the maximum we can do is to deduct points if one country refuses to play against another.''India has refused to play cricket against Pakistan, holding the neighbouring country responsible for encouraging insurgency in Kashmir.The Indian government did not permit the national squad to visit Pakistan for a Test series and five One-day Internationals late last year. The team was also not allowed to take part in the One-day tri-nation tournament in Sharjah in April.PCB chief Gen Tauqir Zia has been demanding that the ICC punish India for refusing to play against Pakistan. Mr Gray, however, noted that India had no objection to playing against Pakistan in multilateral tournaments. India is refusing to play against Pakistan only in bilateral matches. Indian Sports Minister Uma Bharthi had written to the ICC in this regard, he added. The ICC chief said Ms Bharthi had never stated that India was pulling out of the coming Asian Test championship, during which it is scheduled to play a match against Pakistan in Pakistan. She had only criticised the BCCI for making an announcement in this regard without securing the approval of the government for participation, he added.Mr Gray said, ''Unlike FIFA, the ICC does not enjoy that big a presence or sweeping powers to control the game. We do realise this and hope to get more powers.''He lauded Paul Condon, the former Scotland Yard chief, for his 80-page report on match-fixing. ''It is an excellent work,'' he said, adding that it would be taken up at the ICC meeting next week.''We are very serious and treating this issue (match-fixing) with utmost importance. After the meeting, we will announce what action can be taken.''He said views were expressed in certain quarters about playing at non-regular venues like Sharjah, Singapore and Toronto. The issue could be resolved if the ICC had a central authority to oversee the programming of the cricket schedule. He was of the view that, ''the cricket schedule should be on global basis unlike the present system in which each country draws up its own programme''.He blamed corruption in cricket on general deteriorating moral values in society. To control the game effectively, the ICC chief indicated that younger umpires would be put on the ICC panel. ''We will be looking for young people with some playing background or degrees in sports management for the job.''He said, ''From now on, there will be two independent umpires for Test matches and one for One-day games.''Mr Gray said he was not averse to the idea of having a three-day series for associate members of the ICC but wondered whether they had ''cricketing skills'' to cope with the longer version of the game. UNI

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