ICC~~s threats are empty ones: Jayawant Lele

Published: Sunday, November 25, 2001, 0:54 [IST]
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Mumbai: Former BCCI secretary Jayawant Lele has termed the International Cricket Council (ICC) threats of banning India and South Africa as empty one.Speaking from Baroda on Saturday, Lele said, "ICC can do nothing to us. If I am not mistaken a Test match between Australia and New Zealand was give unofficial status by ICC some time back but eventually it was ruled an official Test. "I am confident that the on-going third Test match at Centurion will be considered official Test as the match referees have been making mistakes and we have a point to appeal," he added. The joint secretary of the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) and a member of the BCCI Prof Ratnakar Shetty said ICC should have honoured at least one of the two requests - to replace match referee Mike Denness or set up a committee to re-exmaine Denness' penalties on six Indian players. "I don't see them banning us because a decision has to be taken in consultation with member countries who are sure to support us," he added. Prof Shetty's colleague in the MCA, Mayank Khandwala, said, "I don't think ICC will dare carry out its threat as we have support from Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and now from South Africa and even New Zealand." The current BCCI secretary said from Rajkot over phone that ICC being a democratic body he does not see a ban taking shape as we have the support of South Africa and other countries in the sub-continent.

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