Govt not involved in ICC-BCCI stand-off

Published: Monday, December 3, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
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New Delhi: Sports Minister Uma Bharti on Monday asserted that the government had played no role in the ICC-BCCI stand off.Refuting reports in a section of media that Law Minister Arun Jaitley was instrumental in forging a deal between the ICC and the BCCI authorities on behalf of the government, Bharti said, "Jaitley was involved strictly in his capacity as the Delhi and District Cricket Authority (DDCA) president."

"Jaitley had not represented the government when he attended the BCCI meeting," she said. "The government didn't play any role in solving or creating disputes," Bharti said on the sidelines of an India-Australia Multi-Disciplinary Workshop in New Delhi.

The minister, however, said she was pleased with the outcome after the stand-off, sparked by controversial punishments handed down to six Indian players by English match referee Mike Denness, threatened to split world cricket. "I am happy that they (BCCI and ICC) have sorted out their dispute," she said.


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