England tour of India - Cricket: Dalmiya is on a stronger wicket: British media

Published: Friday, November 30, 2001, 21:46 [IST]
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London: The tough posture of International Cricket Council (ICC) on Virender Sehwag's inclusion for the Test match between India and England notwithstanding, the British media says Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) chief Jagmohan Dalmiya is on a strong wicket due to support from the third world cricketing nations.In the worst possible scenario, if the BCCI decides to defy the ICC on the controversy over the harsh punishment meeted out to six Indian players by match referee Mike Denness and if the governing body of the game moves to suspend India, Dalmiya would be able to defeat such a move, they said."Jagmohan Dalmiya and the BCCI could count on enough support from the members of the ICC to avoid defeat in the event of a vote on whether to suspend India from the world game," the 'Guardian' said in its sports page article."Eight out of 10 votes would be needed in a ballot to suspend India should they select the suspended Virender Sehwag for next week's first Test against England, but Dalmiya appears to have outflanked the ICC by winning support of Pakistan, Bangladesh, Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka," it said. However, The Times said that the danger of a split in international cricket was still clear and present despite ICC's decision to extend its deadline for the BCCI to pull Sehwag out of first Test match against England at Mohali.'Guardian' said in its article that Dalmiya's support of Bangladesh's application for Test status has won friends in Dhaka and his personal relationship with General Tauqir Zia, the chairman of Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), should overcome the political difference between the two countries."General Zia and Dalmiya had a meeting this week and it is believed they agreed that the power base must shift from London to the sub-continent," it said.Reflecting on their stand of the PCB on the stand-off, Times said, "Mindful of the situation, the PCB on Thursday called on all members of the ICC to help to resolve the crisis."Meanwhile, in a separate column in 'Guardian', Mike Selvey said if Dalmiya wanted to say that international cricket was run from a white power base as continuation of colonialism, "Then it is easy for him to reinforce his view by pointing at the current administration of the ICC.Commenting on the possible resolution of the crisis, the daily said, "Compromise might well be the outcome of this sorry affair but that after all is what politics, especially sporting politics, is about Dalmiya as Flash Gordon, magnanimously saving the planet; the Oz connection doing the job; no winners and no losers; faces and the game saved all round, for now." PTI

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