ICC succumbs to Asian pressure on panel

Published: Tuesday, February 19, 2002, 23:53 [IST]
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London: The International Cricket Council on Tuesday announced that it was deferring the meeting of its Referees Commission, scheduled for February 23 and 24 in South Africa.

The decision was made following written requests from members of the ICC executive board. Officials from the Bangladesh Cricket board, the Board of Control for Cricket in India, the Board of Control for Cricket in Sri Lanka, the Pakistan Cricket Board and the United Cricket Board of South Africa have formally requested ICC president Malcolm Gray that the Commission be postponed until after the executive board meeting in South Africa in mid March, an official press release from ICC said. "It is extremely disappointing that the work of a properly constituted Commission, established after extensive consultation with the BCCI, has to be halted because of pressure from within the executive board. However, as a matter of proper corporate governance the ICC president has a duty to reflect the wishes of Board members," Malcolm Gray said. "Postponing the Commission will further delay the formal review of important parts of the match referees' role. With the new five-man panel set to take up its duties in April this is a matter that required immediate resolution at the Board, rather than further debate about the composition of the Commission," the ICC president added. The Commission of Justice Albie Sachs, Majid Khan and Andrew Hilditch was due to spend two days considering a brief on aspects of the future role of ICC match referees, in the wake of the dispute over decisions made by Mike Denness against the Indian team in South Africa last November. The ICC executive board is due to meet in Cape Town on March 15 and 16, the ICC release added.

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