ICC plays down its role in resolving stalemate

Published: Friday, February 18, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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New Delhi:Welcoming the amicable settlement of the Ahmedabad issue, the International Cricket Council (ICC) said it had only played the role of a facilitator in resolving the stalemate.

ICC president Ehsan Mani said since it was a bilateral issue involving the Boards of two countries, ICC could only play the role of a facilitator.

"Everything was decided between the two Boards. As it was a bilateral issue involving the Boards of two countries, ICC could only play the role of a facilitator," Mani said after news reached in New Delhi of Pakistan agreeing to Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) proposal to play an additional sixth One-dayer in Ahmedabad during the upcoming tour.

As far as his role was concerned, it was just that of a "friend", said Mani who met with sports minister Sunil Dutt in New Delhi to discuss the issue of tax exemption with the minister.

"Given the relations between Indian and Pakistan Boards, I was confident of the issue being resolved amicably," he said.

Former BCCI chief Jagmohan Dalmiya, who was also present during the 40-minute meeting, said he was satisfied with the response of the minister.

"The meeting was for asking for tax exemption for 2006 Champions Trophy as well as the 2011 World Cup which we are planning to host. But we can go ahead only if we got a nod from the government," Dalmiya said.

"The minister gave us a patient hearing and has promised to take up the matter with the concerned authorities after the Budget," he added.

Mani said such big events like Champions Trophy and World Cup "add a lot to local economy and considering the big fan following for cricket in India, we feel India should host many such events."

The ICC president said whether India get to host the Champions Trophy would be decided at its executive committee meeting in New Delhi on March 17-18.

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