ECB comes out in support of ICC
Published: Saturday, November 24, 2001, 23:40 [IST]
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London: Pledging full support to the International Cricket Council (ICC) in its row with India and South Africa, England said there is "anarchy" in world cricket at the moment and did not rule out the possibility of pulling out of its current tour in India."We stand full-square with the ICC. I have spoken to ICC president Malcolm Gray and pledged our full support and I guess that most of the Test nations will do so. ICC controls world cricket. We have anarchy at the moment," said Lord MacLaurin, chairman of the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB). The British media said Lord MacLaurin's response opened up the possibility that England might yet pull out of the current tour of the sub-continent. MacLaurin refused to discuss the prospect of withdrawal of the English team saying he would see "how the situation developed", but did not rule out the possibility, according to a media report. With England already in India preparing for the three-Test series starting early next month, MacLaurin said, "I don't think we want to talk about pulling out of tours because that would be very sad indeed. We will see how things develop over the next few days." England is hoping that peace somehow breaks out in a row with racial undertones with MacLaurin observing, "The ICC could call an extraordinary meeting of its Executive Board and attempt to defuse a situation in danger of poisoning relations and fragmenting the sport along racial lines." The ICC has however said there were no plans for any special meetings to clear the air after the unilateral decision by the Boards of India and South Africa to replace Mike Denness as match referee.