England tour of India - Cricket: Two gentlemen running ICC are doing fine job: Hussain
Published: Saturday, December 1, 2001, 20:38 [IST]
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Chandigarh: In a veiled attack on the BCCI president Jagmohan Dalmiya, the England captain Nasser Hussain said it would be better for the game the sooner everyone realises that the International Cricket Council (ICC) runs the game "as it should be run"."The two gentlemen who are running the ICC are doing a fine job. Everyone must understand who is running the show and everyone should adhere to what the governing body says," Hussain said here on Friday night on his arrival from Jaipur for the first Test between India and England at Mohali. Hussain was referring to the role of the ICC president Malcolm Gray and chief executive Malcolm Speed in resolving the crisis arising out of controversial punishments handed down to six Indian players by English match referee Mike Denness.Hussain did not disguise his anger at the way the situation had been allowed to develop. "The ICC runs the game and the sooner everyone realises that the better it is," he said. He said it was good that the administrators have left the centre stage. "A situation like this must never happen again. It would not happen in any other sport. Administrators administrate, players play. That's the way the world works," he said.After the announcement of the deal between the ICC and the BCCI, the overriding feeling among players is one of relief, the skipper said. "We have been here for almost three weeks and now we want to talk about cricket. So far all that has been discussed is who is running the game and the future of this tour," he said.Hussain said that even when players were having lunch at the Delhi Airport on Friday, on the way to Chandigarh from Jaipur, all they were discussing was whether Virender Sehwag would play or whether we were staying or going home. "That's so disappointing, but I always thought the series would go ahead because I know how much people here love the game. It would have been a shock to them if the series had been cancelled. They are desperate to watch it." "I'm not amused at what's gone on. It's been a shocking week for cricket," he said after he was told the match would be held as scheduled on December 3. PTI