England tour of India - Cricket: ICC says its decisions will not set dangerous precedents

Published: Tuesday, December 18, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
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London: The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Friday rejected suggestions that the deal that it had struck with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to end the deadlock following controversial punishments handed down to six Indian players, would set dangerous precedents.ICC chief executive officer Malcolm Speed told reporters in London ICC and BCCI had reached an amicable solution that involved dropping of Virender Sehwag, who was served a one-match ban by match-referee Mike Denness, and setting up of a commission to review the punishments.Denying suggestions that the deal had set a dangerous precedent, he said, "The decisions that we reached today have set two precedents. The first is that ICC has stood by the match-referee. It cancelled official status for the third match at Johannesburg and was prepared to cancel status for all the matches had the BCCI not complied with its directives. "The other is that ICC is prepared to adopt a common-sense approach to matters. We have agreed to set up a commission to look in to the procedures adopted by the match referee. I don't think this will set a dangerous precedent. If a mistake has been made, we will see to it that it is not repeated," Speed said. Admitting that ICC and BCCI were headed for a massive collision, Speed said, "Time to time our relations strained but in the end BCCI chief Dalmiya and ICC chairman Malcolm Gray came to an amicable solution." PTI

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