~~Difference persist over names of members~~

Published: Wednesday, January 9, 2002, 23:53 [IST]
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Kolkata: The International Cricket Council (ICC) and the Board of Control for Cricket in India seemed headed for another stand-off over the composition of a Commission to probe the Mike Denness controversy which rocked the cricketing world in November last year. The Commission could not be established even after five weeks of a written agreement as discussions seemed to have sailed into rough weather with both cricket organisations unable to reach agreement over the names of panel members. "There is a difference of opinion over the names of panel members. So far a solution does not appear to be in sight but discussions are going on," BCCI president Jagmohan Dalmiya said on Wednesday. He, however, emphasised that there was no, 'deadlock'. Both the ICC and BCCI were still trying to sort out the issue. The BCCI would wait for a few more days before chalking out the next course of action. "We have not been able to sort out certain things, but at this juncture I will not say that there is a deadlock. Discussions have not broken down," he said. Dalmiya, however, refused to elaborate on the differences with the ICC but it was apparent that the BCCI was not keen to accept the names proposed by the game's apex body. The written agreement reached on November 30 to end the 12-day crisis due to the Mike Denness episode called for formation of an ICC Referees Commission comprising persons of highest reputation, with at least two being eminent former cricketers, to review the decisions of Denness. Although Dalmiya refused to divulge names being discussed, it was reliably learnt that the ICC had initially proposed those of two former cricketers - Majid Khan of Pakistan and Andrew Hilditch of Australia - as members of the Commission. The BCCI, however, rejected the names last week and instead proposed those of two former Australian captains Ian Chappell and Richie Benaud as members which has not been accepted by the ICC. The delay in the formation of the crucial Commission was due to the fact that both sides were sticking to their respective list of names till now. When asked to disclose them, Dalmiya said "It will not be fair to disclose the names at this point of time since the discussions are still going on. All I can say is that many names were discussed."

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