WC 2003 - ICC~~s conclave for development of the game

Published: Sunday, March 16, 2003, 2:13 [IST]
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Durban: In a bid to sort out the differences between them, top administrators of world cricket will get together at Robben Island on Monday hoping to join hands for the development of the game. The trip to Robben Island was a masterstroke on the part of 2003 World Cup organising committee's chief Ali Bacher.The sign of disquiet among cricket officialdom was evident in this World Cup too when the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), all of a sudden, made an official request to have the timings of the second semi-final shifted from day-night to a day game.As was expected, the organising committee threw the request out of the window.Meanwhile, the Indian cricket team management is getting ready to welcome Dalmiya and host of other celebrities who are descending here in preparation for the side's semi-final match against Kenya on Thursday. Along with cricket officials, cricket legends Sir Garfield Sobers and Everton Weekes will also make the trip and visit the prison where Nelson Mandela was incarcerated."The place has a tremendous history and past needs to be remembered- hopefully, the visit will provide great moral lessons for all of us," said Bacher.He, however, played down his role in this get-together and said as organising committee of the World Cup, they were obliged to welcome the cricket officials from world over."This event is just not about South Africa. This is world event where everyone is taking part and as organising committee, it's our job to welcome everyone anyway.""Mr Dalmiya should be here on Tuesday," said manager Jyoti Bajpai. "But he wouldn't be staying with the team as the organisers have made arrangements for cricket officials in different hotels."The Indian team arrived in this coastal city to a tumultuous welcome by hundreds of wildly cheering fans at the entrance of its hotel this afternoon. Saurav Ganguly and his men were greeted at the entrance by hordes of locals dressed in ethnic clothes who cheered loudly and sang folk songs in appreciation of the cricketers who have raised vision of reclaiming the World Cup after a gap of 20 years. The team recorded an exhilarating seven-wicket win over New Zealand at Centurion Park on Friday to make a clean sweep of its Super Six engagements.It stretched its winning streak to seven matches in a row after a crushing defeat against Australia in a Group A league game at Centurion Park last month.As is the practice with the team on the day after a World Cup game, there was no nets for the cricketers on Saturday. PTI


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