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Thatscricket - News - SA group seeks India tour cancellation

Published: Monday, June 4, 2001, 9:05 [IST]
 
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Durban: Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) chief A C Muthiah has been drawn in dramatically by a group of community workers in the mainly Indian suburb of Chatsworth, campaigning to get a 2003 World Cup game at the local cricket stadium.The group, the Action League for Transformation, has written to Muthiah, president of the BCCI, asking him to suspend the tour by India scheduled for October.The League is campaigning to secure an alleged promise by 2003 World Cup director Ali Bacher that one of the World Cup games would be played at the Chatsworth Oval. They say that Bacher made this promise two years ago when he visited the stadium while the Sri Lankans played a One-day game there but has since reneged on it.Bacher earlier met community leaders and said that the facilities at the stadium were not up to World Cup standards. But the League says there is still time to ensure that this is done.The latest call on Muthiah is just one of the steps that the league is proposing to make Bacher hold good on his promise. League chairman Kishore Morar said in a letter to Muthiah that India would help in its efforts if it put pressure on the South African cricket authorities by suspending the planned tour."Such a stand will also be an effective demonstration of India's support for the rights of the previously disadvantaged in South Africa (which includes South African Indians). Because of the high esteem in which Indian cricketers are held (by South Africans), India's non-participation will be an effective form of pressure on Bacher and others to review their position," Morar said."Bacher seems to have deliberately found obstacles to a World Cup match being played in Chatsworth. We feel that we have no alternative but to advocate a boycott of any tour to South Africa until he honors his promise,"the letter added.Bacher would not comment on the issue but earlier this week proposed that a World Cup warm-up game be played at Chatsworth. The League rejected this. A three-day game between India and the South African 'A' side has been provisionally scheduled for October.IANS

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