~~Tendulkar won~~t do something silly~~

Published: Tuesday, November 20, 2001, 22:35 [IST]
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Mumbai: An angry chairman of the Selection Committee of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Chandu Borde on Monday sought to know under which rules of International Cricket Council (ICC) such harsh actions had been taken against top Indian players in South Africa."While action against the Indian players are very severe, I want to know why no action was taken against South African captain Shaun Pollock (for excessive appealing)," Borde said. As a wave of anger swept through the Indian cricket fraternity over the action, particularly against Sachin Tendulkar, former India captain and manager of the national squad Ajit Wadekar said, "A boy of his calibre will never do something silly like that. Sachin has always played straight and clean." Former Test player and a Board functionary Polly Umrigar said the decision was "very harsh, unjust and one-sided". "On television, it was for everyone to see how things went by. The South African team was no exception to appealing. Even Shaun Pollock did it thrice," Umrigar said. Asked how the BCCI should react to the decision, Umrigar said, "It is up to the Board... but something ought to be done." Wadekar, however, regretted that the BCCI has been generally weak in dealing with some vices afflicting modern cricket. "In the case of Sri Lankan Muthiah Muralitharan being charged with chucking, the Sri Lankan Board took a tough stand, something unlikely in India," he said. On the issue of excessive appeal, Umrigar said the ICC should come out with a 'uniform code'. "During our days, one appeal was good enough. Now there is always a chorus. This has to go in general for the betterment of the gentleman's game called cricket," Umrigar said.
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