Sehwag eligible for Mohali Test: Dalmiya

Published: Tuesday, November 27, 2001, 1:26 [IST]
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New Delhi: Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president Jagmohan Dalmiya on Monday asserted Virendra Sehwag was "eligible" for being selected in the first cricket Test between India and England starting in Mohali next week. However, a final decision on Sehwag's selection is left to the BCCI Selection Committee, Dalmiya told reporters here. Dalmiya firmly ruled out any split in the International Cricket Council (ICC) arising out of the stand off on the Mike Denness affair. "ICC will never be split not today, not in 100 years ... reports of any split in the ICC are totally uncalled for," Dalmiya said after an emergency meeting of the BCCI Working Committee. "The Indian Board will not allow it (split) to happen even if some other Board tries to," Dalmiya said. British media reports have suggested that the confrontation between BCCI and ICC over the Denness affair could lead to a possible split of the cricket governing body. Dalmiya said the BCCI is "pained" to see reports suggesting that the ICC would consider India's suspension. To a question, Dalmiya said the BCCI will work on all "appropriate measures" to get the Third test at Centurion in South Africa as "official".

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