England tour of India - Cricket: Dalmiya confirms ICC offer for meeting at Kuala Lumpur

Published: Friday, November 30, 2001, 2:35 [IST]
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Kolkata: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) chief Jagmohan Dalmiya on Thursday confirmed that discussions with ICC for holding talks at Kuala Lumpur were on, but nothing had been finalised as yet."The report is correct," Dalmiya told when told about the report from London that ICC chairman Malcolm Gray and chief executive Malcolm Speed had offered to meet him in the Malaysian capital to break the current deadlock.He, however, said that nothing had been finalised as yet adding, "Wait till Friday."Earlier ICC sources in London said that the offer was made to the BCCI chief to break the current impasse stemming from the harsh punishments handed down by the controversial ICC Match Referee Mike Dennes to Sachin Tendulkar and five other Indian cricketers. Dalmiya, however, refused comment when asked whether he was proceeding to Kuala Lumpur for the crucial meeting with the ICC top officials.But there is every possibility of the BCCI chief accepting the ICC offer as only on Wednesday he had said that he was ready to travel to any place in the world to resolve the current crisis.Questioned whether he would travel anywhere for talks with ICC officials, Dalmiya had said, "Anywhere from Australia to America I am available at any place and any time." Dalmiya, who had taken a conciliatory approach towards ICC after initial defiance, had also said, "There cannot be anything more important to me and the BCCI than to find out ways to resolve the present crisis." The present breakthrough in the 11-day old crisis came after directcontact between Dalmiya and the ICC chief executive was established onTuesday evening when Speed called up the BCCI chief.Both ICC and the BCCI have to find some way out of the present impasseby Friday afternoon, the deadline set by the ICC for BCCI to informabout its stand on the inclusion of Virendra Sehwag for the first Testagainst England beginning at Mohali on December 3.Dalmiya had already rejected the ICC demand saying that it was againstthe rules to disclose the composition of a team two days before thestart of the match, but had said that he was ready for discussions toresolve the issue.ICC insist that Sehwag is yet to serve a one match suspension handeddown by Denness in the second Test against South Africa, but BCCI claimsthat he has already served the punishment by not playing the third Testagainst South Africa, a match declared as unofficial by ICC.PTI

Gray, Speed offer to meet Dalmiya

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