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Thatscricket - News - Pressure tactics: Members want BCCI to pull out of ACC

Published: Saturday, August 18, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
 
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New Delhi: Irked by the pressure tactics of the two continental cricket bodies regarding participation in the Asian Test Championship (ATC), some senior Indian Board members demanded that the country pull out of the Asian Cricket Council (ACC).[an error occurred while processing this directive]Taking exception to the recent statements of the Asian Cricket Council and Asian Cricket Federation (ACF) that if the Indian government failed to clear its team, the championship would be held without India, senior BCCI members said the Board should not hesitate to withdraw from ACC itself. Putting pressure on the government or blaming it for non-clearance would be detrimental to the game in the country, senior Board members said.According to them, the government is in the process of clearing the team but ACF's threats that the tournament would be held without India could not be tolerated, they said adding, "If it comes to that BCCI should withdraw from ACC itself." Maintaining that the country's pride and prestige should take precedence over matters of playing cricket against any country, they questioned ACF's decision to go ahead with the tournament without India."We are at a loss to understand as to how ACF could take a decision without involving BCCI" they said adding, "The venues for the championship have not yet been finalised at all nor has ACF responded to BCCI's letter of objection thatBangladesh should not be the venue for the final of ATC."They said BCCI secretary Jayawant Lele had written to ACF as early as June 20 and so far ACF has not responded with its decision in writing. Lele has objected to Dhaka being the venue for the final and stated that it should be played in either of the countries figuring in the final match.ACF has given time to BCCI till Monday afternoon to get the government's clearance for India's participation in the championship. Meanwhile, the Board members expressed confidence that the government was likely to clear the Indian team's participation in ATC but said such pressure tactics by ACF would mean that the Asian body has no respect for BCCI, one of the founder members of ACC and also a long term full member of the International Cricket Council (ICC). Based on these credentials of BCCI, the Indian cricket administration should not hesitate to withdraw from the Asian Cricket Council (ACC), they said. PTI

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