No ICC event for India sans tax concessions

Published: Sunday, July 18, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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New Delhi:The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Sunday made it clear that India would have to resolve issues relating to tax concessions if it were to host the 2006 edition of the ICC Champions Trophy.

ICC president Ehsan Mani said India's bid to host the next edition of the Champions Trophy might not be considered because of the Indian Government's tax policy vis--vis sporting events.

"If India does not resolve its tax position, they might not get 2006 Champions Trophy," Mani said in New Delhi on Sunday.

Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) chief Jagmohan Dalmiya had proposed to the ICC that since four of the 10 Full Members of the game's world governing body were from Asia, every third World Cup should be allotted to either of these Asian countries.

But Mani said ICC would continue to have its reservations regarding allotting any major event to India because of the tax wrangles.

Mani also said that the ICC was "extremely disappointed" to see former Indian captain Mohammad Azharuddin don the commentator's role for the ongoing Asia Cup in Sri Lanka.

"ICC has zero tolerance for corruption. We strongly believe that a player who has been banned by his Board should have no position in cricket."

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