England tour of India - Cricket: BCCI chief consoles Sehwag, keeps him in squad

Published: Saturday, December 1, 2001, 20:00 [IST]
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New Delhi: Banned cricketer Virender Sehwag will remain part of the Indian squad for Monday's first Test against England, Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president Jagmohan Dalmiya said on Saturday."Sehwag will not play, but I want him to travel to Mohali and stay with the rest of the team so that his confidence is not shattered," Dalmiya said after speaking to the cricketer over the phone."I explained to him the circumstances why he was dropped and the boy understood the problem and appeared to be all right. I told him that the decision was taken to save cricket and he (Sehwag) appears to have taken it sportingly," Dalmiya said.The 23-year-old was at the centre of a crisis that threatened to split world cricket until the game's governing body and Indian authorities reached a compromise on Friday.Under the deal, India agreed to a directive from the International Cricket Council (ICC) to keep Sehwag out of the Mohali Test in return for a review of match referee Mike Denness' decisions.Sehwag, who hails from a rural suburb of Najafgarh, near Delhi, had never been pulled up before for bad behaviour during his four seasons on the domestic circuit.

Copyright AFP 2001

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