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England tour of India - Cricket: Strained ICC-BCCI relations may turn for worse

Published: Sunday, January 20, 2002, 20:01 [IST]
 
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Kolkata: The already strained relations of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and the International Cricket Council (ICC) is likely to take a new twist with the English skipper Nasser Hussain indicating that he has filed a complaint to the cricket's apex body against some of the umpiring decisions during the first One-dayer against India on Saturday.Fully aware of the ICC Code of Conduct, the English skipper made it clear to everybody that he was not happy with a couple of verdicts given by the two Indian umpires standing in the day-night encounter at crucial stages which swung it in India's way."I am obviously frustrated with certain things. It was not my team which lost, it was the game which did lose," Hussain said immediately after the match at the Eden Gardens on Saturday night without really pointing out what he really meant.But he was obviously referring to umpire S K Sharma's leg before decision against Marcus Trescothick in the 36th over of the match as he looked set to carry England to a well deserved victory with a brilliant 121.To a query that whether he would be lodging a complaint with the ICC, he simply said, "After every match there is a referee report in which we also fill in. I have done just that. What is in the report is between me and ICC." The new controversy may add fuel to the already burning fire between Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and ICC as it is well-known that the English Cricket Board had thrown its weight behind the ICC during the November 2001 ICC-BCCI stand-off by threatening to cancel the current tour if Virender Sehwag was fielded in the first Test against the wishes of ICC.Incidentally the ECB chief executive Tim Lamb was also present at the Eden Gardens on Saturday evening and was a witness to the Trescothick dismissal, which was also termed as the turning point of the match by the Indian skipper Saurav Ganguly in the post-match press conference.The fact that the incident took place at the home ground of BCCI chief Jagmohan Dalmiya may further complicate the issue amidst indications of revival of the ICC-BCCI stand-off on the issue of composition of the three-member panel to look into the Mike Denness controversy in November.The ICC has already rejected Dalmiya's request for a reconstitution of the panel and now the cricket world is awaiting the next move of the irrepressible BCCI chief who has already made his intentions clear that he was going to raise the issue at the crucial ICC Executive Board meeting in Colombo in mid-March."Yes, I have received a formal communication from the ICC rejecting BCCI's request and I will disclose my next course of action after consulting my board colleagues in a couple of days," Dalmiya told reporters. PTI

Extras:
India beats England in a thriller
No cricket with Pakistan, says Uma Bharti
Women's cricket
Cric Greetings

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