England tour of India - Cricket: Kuala Lumpur meeting may not be necessary: ICC
Published: Friday, November 30, 2001, 22:06 [IST]
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London: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and International Cricket Council (ICC) have made "considerable progress" towards a resolution of their stand-off, as a result of which the meeting between the two sides in Kuala Lumpur on Saturday may not take place."The Kuala Lumpur meeting is unlikely at the moment, but still possible," an ICC spokesman said, adding that the progress made during negotiations over telephone was "considerable". The ICC chief executive Malcolm Speed has been talking over telephone with the BCCI chief Jagmohan Dalmiya and, "It is possible that a solution may be found without a meeting," the spokesman said.Asked if the ICC was optimistic that a way out of the stalemate would be found, the spokesman replied, "We are optimistic. We are making progress, but we are not there yet." The ICC's comments come within hours of Dalmiya having announced that he was willing to fly to Kuala Lumpur to hold negotiations with Speed and ICC chairman Malcolm Gray. PTI