PCB chief dismisses fears of split in cricket
Published: Saturday, November 24, 2001, 23:30 [IST]
PM rules out govt intervention in cricket issue
ICC warns of chaos in wake of Denness' issue
Islamabad: Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) president Gen Tauqir Zia on Saturday dismissed apprehensions that world cricket was on the verge of a split following ICC derecognising the third Test between India and South Africa at Centurion Park and supported BCCI's firm stand against the decisions of match referee Mike Denness."The concerns that world cricket is on the verge of a split are wrong and I think BCCI president Jagmohan Dalmiya is within his rights to protest against the inconsistencies of the ICC," Gen Zia was quoted as saying by the 'Dawn' on Saturday. "Pakistan continues to regard and respect the ICC as the supreme body. But we also feel that it needs to be more neutral like FIFA," he said. Gen Zia who is also chairman of the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) besides being a personal friend of Dalmiya said the BCCI chief called him three days ago but declined to divulge the details except that he had asked his support for a more consistent ICC. "I don't think Dalmiya's decision for a review of Denness' punishment to six players is unjustified. He is within his right to do that. Because personally I do believe that the penalties imposed on the Indian players barring Tendulkar are too harsh," he said.