I differ with Dalmiya on principles: Shastri

Published: Saturday, May 29, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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Kolkata:Former Indian skipper and star commentator Ravi Shastri on Saturday made light of his verbal duels with Board of Control for India (BCCI) president Jagmohan Dalmiya on the International Cricket Council (ICC) contract dispute last year as 'differences on principles' and pledged help to the Board in its bid to develop cricket.

"We are two mature gentlemen. Our earlier differences were on issues and principles. When it comes to the game's development, that is of paramount importance to me," Shastri, who was in Kolkata to attend BCCI's third spin conclave, said.

The former left arm spinner, who was not invited in the previous two spin conclaves, said "I'm associating with the spin wing as a former specialist spinner.''

The Mumbai-based former cricketer fell out with Dalmiya during the contract dispute, and critics had described that as the principal reason why he was kept out of earlier meets.

Dalmiya, however, had said then that the Board's invitation was only to specialist slow bowlers and not to spinning all-rounders like Shastri.

Shastri, who was included in the spin wing committee formed on Saturday, stressed on the implementation of the schemes drawn up for identifying talent and grooming them through comprehensive programme. "Whatever has been discussed and chalked out, has to be implemented to get results," he said.

He dismissed a view that fast bowlers were hogging the limelight in contemporary world cricket, saying "good bowlers always perform well - be it spinners or pacers."

He cited the instances of Muttiah Muralitharan and Shane Warne - the leading wicket-takers in Test cricket - to drive home his point.

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