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England tour of India - Cricket: Denness relieved at BCCI, ICC truce

Published: Saturday, December 1, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
 
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London: Mike Denness, the match referee whose controversial decisions triggered a cricket controversy, expressed relief over the agreement between Indian cricket authorities and the International Cricket Council (ICC), even as the British media said the truce was a "massive feather in the cap" of the world governing body.Outside the circles of power, the overriding feeling among the English cricket players was one of relief with captain Nasser Hussain saying "we now want to talk about cricket". Media reports quoted him as having said in Chandigarh, "We have been here for almost three weeks and so far all that has been discussed is who is running the game and the future of this tour"."My reaction is one of delight with the support I've received from the ICC during this time," said Denness declaring his gratitude to the ICC for backing him unreservedly."I'm even more delighted that the game will go ahead and that cricket in the world will return to normalcy," Denness said.Reacting to the decision to have a Referees' Commission to investigate, among other things, his controversial decisions in South Africa, Denness said, "I have always said in my life, in business, or cricket that you should try to improve on what you have done. As I understand it, they (ICC) are going to review the whole system." The 'Guardian' said the deal was a victory for hard-nosed negotiations by the ICC, which refused to be intimidated by Dalmiya's threats.Noting that there is an "uneasy peace" now and the ICC has come out apparently unscathed, the newspaper said "that the BCCI, and in particular its volatile President Jagmohan Dalmiya, has been prepared at last to acknowledge the ban and so allow Monday's match to proceed with the official sanction of the ICC, represents a massive feather in the cap of the senior administrators of the world body and in particular its chief executive Malcolm Speed"."Dalmiya has come off second best to a body of which he himself was once president and which has long been regarded as toothless. It has certainly grown some molars and a few incisors now," it said.The paper noted that Speed was clearly delighted that the game's ruling body had not been seen to back down in the face of intimidation and that it had been vital for the good of the game, that it had not done so.Commenting on the role of the two participants in the week's events, "The Telegraph" said Speed has emerged "the stronger", having shown Dalmiya, and others who might challenge the ICC's right to govern, that he intends to lead the body with conviction.The 'Telegraph' also shared the 'Guardian's' assessment of Dalmiya coming out second-best saying "Dalmiya, alas, has come across as a puffed-up poppinjay."To say that Sehwag had to be dropped for the Mohali match 'in the larger interests of the game' was to invite scorn," it noted. PTI

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Sehwag dropped for 1st Test at Mohali
Deal will not set dangerous precedents: ICC

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