England tour of India - Cricket: BCCI negotiating with ICC on Denness impasse

Published: Tuesday, January 22, 2002, 23:53 [IST]
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Mumbai: Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is negotiating with the International Cricket Council (ICC) on early appointment of a high-powered commission, as was agreed upon to break the stalemate on the unprecedented harsh actions taken against top Indian players during the South Africa tour in November 2001.BCCI sources in Mumbai on Tuesday maintained that the Board was pursuing the matter in right endeavour. It is not proper to say that we are not following up the matter, the source said adding, BCCI chief Jagmohan Dalmiya is regularly in touch with the ICC authorities on the issue as country's prestige and self-pride is involved in it.The source said ICC had suggested a few names to head the proposed commission and further talks are on. The decision to constitute a commission to probe the entire gamut including the role of controversial match referee Mike Denness was taken after a wave of anger swept through the Indian cricket fraternity over the punishment, particularly against batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar.The third Test between India and South Africa was declared unofficial by the ICC after India refused to comply with Denness' order and drop Virender Sehwag.After much confabulations, a compromise formula was worked out between BCCI president Dalmiya and the ICC leadership, wherein decision was taken to drop Virender Sehwag from the first Test at Mohali and appoint a commission to probe into the entire controversy. PTI

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