Thatscricket - News - ATC will go on as scheduled: Dalmiya
Published: Wednesday, August 22, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
Kolkata: The Asian Cricket Foundation (AFC) chairman Jagmohan Dalmiya on Wednesday described the government's decision not to allow the Indian team to participate in the Asian Test Championship as an "internal matter" and asserted that the meet would go ahead as scheduled.[an error occurred while processing this directive]"It is purely an internal matter between the government of India and the Indian cricket Board. The ACC or the AFC has no jurisdiction to deal with the respective governments. I have no comment to make on the decision," Dalmiya said here.He said the ACC had taken a policy decision to continue with its tournaments even if one of the four Test playing countries pulled out and there would be no exception this time also.The decision not to participate in the ATC was taken at a meeting between Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee, Union Home Minister L K Advani and External Affairs Minister Jaswant Singh in New Delhi on Tuesday evening. Dalmiya said that there had been instances in the past when one of the countries had pulled out of the Asia Cup, but the tournament had been completed with the participation of the three other countries. He said that India had not taken part in the 1986 edition of the Asia Cup in Sri Lanka while Pakistan had opted out of the Asia Cup in 1990 held in India."In this case, the Asian Test Championship will be held with Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh," the former International Cricket Council (ICC) president said.Reacting to a report published in a section of the press on Wednesday that the government had also ruled out his proposal for charity matches between India and Pakistan, Dalmiya said, "The ACC or AFC had not proposed any charity match between India and Pakistan. I am not aware if there is any proposal for charity matches by any of the two cricket boards." There will be no change in the ATC fixture and matches involving India will be dropped. Pakistan will take on Bangladesh in the inaugural match from August 29 to September 2 at Multan. The next match will be between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh in Colombo from September 6 to 10.