BCCI~~s decision to send a weak team irks ADCCB

Published: Tuesday, May 3, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Abu Dhabi:India's decision to send a below par team for the ongoing tsunami relief tournament in Abu Dhabi seems to have earned the ire of Abu Dhabi Cricket Control Board (ADCCB).

The ADCCB, though not openly criticising the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for not sending its best players for the three-match event, has made it clear that it was not happy with the way BCCI handled the issue and would be taking up the matter with the International Cricket Council (ICC), which approved the staging of the event.

No senior players were included in the Indian side at the event whereas the two other teams in fray, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, are here with almost their national sides.

"I was there (in India) for almost one month, chasing people. They (BCCI) kept us hanging and did not give us a response. We finally got a 'no' from them on April 17 and then we had just a few days to organise the event," ADCCB secretary Ravi Pandit said.

However, despite top players missing from the Indian line-up, some of the stars supported the tournament in their own way by turning up at the city to witness the matches.

"The players demonstrated their support by being here. One of the BCCI office bearer Anurag Thakur is also here and is quite satisfied with the facilities we have to offer," Pandit said.

Virender Sehwag, Ashish Nehra, Zaheer Khan and Yuvraj Singh were the four members of the national side who witnessed the matches being played at the Zayed Stadium.

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