Dalmiya rules out meeting ADCCB officials

Published: Wednesday, April 28, 2004, 1:02 [IST]
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Kolkata :Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president Jagmohan Dalmiya on Tuesday ruled out any plan to meet Abu Dhabi Cricket Control Board (ADCCB) officials on the proposed India-Pakistan exhibition match in the desert city and maintained that BCCI was still 'completely in the dark' about the tie.

Asked about reports that ADCCB president and managing director B R Shetty has arrived in India to meet top BCCI officials, Dalmiya said ''I don't know who is coming to or going out of India''.

''But I can categorically state that I don't have appointment with anybody. Nor does any other board official,'' he said.

When it was pointed out that Shetty has claimed that he had spoken to Dalmiya and invited him for the match, the BCCI chief said ''this is all rubbish''.

''As far as the BCCI is concerned, no permission has been given for such a match. In fact, we are completely in the dark about it,'' Dalmiya said.

''None of the present Indian players will participate in the so-called match,'' Dalmiya declared.

The ADCCB had said on Sunday that an Indian and Pakistani eleven would clash on May 14 in the Sheikh Zayed Cricket Cup and claimed that both the Indian and Pakistani Cricket Boards had given their consent.

However, both Dalmiya and BCCI secretary S K Nair on Monday described the claim as 'baseless' saying that the Board was not aware about the match.

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