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Published: Tuesday, January 22, 2002, 23:53 [IST]
 
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Kolkata: In yet another show of defiance, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Tuesday threatened to boycott the International Cricket Council (ICC) appointed three-member Referees' panel, constituted to look into Mike Denness controversy, if its alternative suggestions were not accepted.[an error occurred while processing this directive]Announcing this on Tuesday, the chief of the BCCI, Jagmohan Dalmiya, said that the BCCI has already offered two alternative suggestions to the parent body to break the impasse and is awaiting its response.Either the hearing of the Commission was put on hold till the crucial meeting of the ICC Executive Board in mid-March or alternatively a new 10-member Commission be constituted with each of the 10 Test playing countries nominating one representatives each, he said."If these alternatives are still not acceptable to the ICC, the BCCI will be reluctantly compelled to refrain from participation in the Referees' Commission in any form of manner," Dalmiya said.The ICC had last week rejected the request of the BCCI to reconstitute the panel and had set February 23 as the meeting day of the panel. The BCCI had earlier taken exception to constitution of the panel with Justice Albie Sachs of South Africa as chairman and Majid Khan of Pakistan and Andrew Hilditch of Australia as the two members. Asked if he was disappointed at the ICC's rejecting his request for a reconstitution of the panel, a peeved Dalmiya said, "The Indian sentiments were not respected." Dalmiya, who had first defied the authority of the ICC last November when the Mike Denness controversy had erupted, however, ruled out any possibility of a split in the cricket world, saying "the ICC commands BCCI's respect as the parent body."The BCCI chief gave clear hints that he would like to settle the issue at the Executive Board meeting in Colombo so that a majority of the ICC members can take a final decision.He said that he was disappointed at receiving the letter from the ICC president, Malcolm Gray, informing him about the rejection of the BCCI request and that he has sent his reply with alternative suggestions to the ICC chief on Monday.Justifying his latest stand, he said that when there was no unanimity between the two parties it is better to put on hold the proceedings of the panel till the March meeting.Otherwise let each test playing countries nominate one member each for a 10-member commission, he said adding, "Since the ICC may not have the requisite budget for constitution of a bigger panel, BCCI has volunteered to meet the expenses for such a panel."PTI

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