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Published: Thursday, November 22, 2001, 18:34 [IST]
 
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Islamabad: The harsh punishment meted out to six players of the Indian cricket team has brought the cricket Boards of India and Pakistan closer, with the two exchanging detailed notes and reportedly agreeing to fight the "biased" attitude against players from the sub-continent.[an error occurred while processing this directive]While the Pakistan Cricket Board declined to officially react to the controversy, PCB Chief Lt Gen Tauqir Zia said he had a lengthy telephonic talk with the Board of Cricket Control of India (BCCI) president Jagmohan Dalmiya on Wednesday."Yes, Dalmiya rang me up and we had a very positive conversation," Gen Zia was quoted as saying by the daily 'The News' here on Thursday.Though he did not disclose details, the newspaper said during the talk Dalmiya sought the help of Gen Zia in dealing with the "biased attitude" of match referees towards sub-continent players.The PCB chief reportedly promised all help to the BCCI in their efforts to seek justice from the ICC over the punishment handed down to the skipper Saurav Ganguly.Dalmiya has also written to Gen Zia on the issue. A similar letter has been sen to the Board of Control of Cricket of Sri Lanka). Media reports here said while expressing support to deal with the crisis, Gen Zia reported to have sought Dalmiya's help to fight the case of Shoaib Akhtar who was called for throwing again by an umpire during last month's Sharjah Cup. The ICC has declined to accept a report of Australian experts, which said Akhtar suffered from a physical deformity due to which his bowling action appeared defective. Dalmiya has assured support in clearing Akhtar of charges of suspected bowling, the 'Dawn' newspaper said."Dalmiya is convinced that a certain lobby is working against the Asian block and feels that it was time that the Asians make their presence felt and put up a joint stand," the paper quoted BCCI sources as saying."The Asian block has suffered largely due to the biased and un-accommodating attitude of the ICC officials," the newspaper said adding that a long line of Asian players including Muthiah Muralitharan, Waqar Younis, Inzamam-ul-Haq and Akthar have faced the wrath before Tendulkar.It quoted PCB sources as saying, "Dalmiya has expressed concerns that if the rules of the games were similar, why were only Asian cricketers being penalised. He has also argued that no player from Australia, England orSouth Africa has either been suspended or reprimanded despite breaching the code of conduct time and again."The Pakistan cricket authorities who enjoy excellent relations with their counterparts have promised full support and have proposed to Dalmiya to chalk out a counter strategy, 'Dawn' reported. PTI

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