BCCI, ICC again on confrontation path
Published: Tuesday, January 8, 2002, 21:43 [IST]
England in India
New Delhi: Cricket's world governing body was on Tuesday battling another crisis after India rejected the composition of a commission to probe the Mike Denness affair. The commission was to have been set up in December 2001 to determine whether match referee Denness was justified in penalising six Indian players, including superstar Sachin Tendulkar, for misconduct during the Port Elizabeth Test against South Africa in November. The International Cricket Council (ICC) put forward the names of two former players, Majid Khan (Pakistan) and Andrew Hilditch (Australia), as members of the commission. But, Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president Jagmohan Dalmiya last week rejected these names, and proposed two former Australian captains, Richie Benaud and Ian Chappell, instead. "It's a problem because neither side is backing off," a cricket source told. Dalmiya confirmed a consensus had not been reached, but refused to say if a compromise was in the offing. Setting up the commission was part of the deal between the ICC and Dalmiya to diffuse the crisis over Denness' decisions, which threatened England's recent tour of India. Both India and South Africa took the unprecedented step to dump Denness for the final Test, forcing the ICC to declare the match unofficial. India refused to drop batsman Virender Sehwag, who was handed a one-match suspension by Denness, for the first Test against England, but changed its stance after the ICC promised to set up the commission. There was no immediate reaction from the ICC over the rejection of its nominees by India.