Stand-off with ICC to dominate BCCI meet
Published: Sunday, November 25, 2001, 21:37 [IST]
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New Delhi: The BCCI has convened an emergency meeting of its Working Committee in New Delhi on Monday to discuss the situation arising out of its stand-off with the International Cricket Council (ICC) following the controversial punishments handed out to six Indian cricketers and to decide on the future course of action. The meeting, the first after Jagmohan Dalmiya took over as president of the BCCI, would take a decision on whether to obey the ICC diktat that middle-order batsman Virender Sehwag be dropped for the Mohali Test against England starting on December 3. BCCI has maintained that Sehwag's one-Test ban by match referee Mike Denness had already been served when he was left out of the ongoing third and final game of the three-match series against South Africa even though ICC has decided not to treat it as an official Test. If the Board decides to include Sehwag in the team, it could further aggravate the tussle between BCCI and ICC. Dalmiya is said to be in touch with the cricket Boards in other countries and a lot would depend on the feedback he gets from them. The meeting is also likely to ratify a proposal, seeking grant of official status to the ongoing match. The issue of punishments to six cricketers and the resulting situation is likely to dominate the proceedings though there are some other important matters to be discussed. There are 23 items on the agenda of the meeting including a discussion on Anti- Corruption Commissioner K Madhavan's report on match-fixing.