Women~~s body may be merged by August: Nair

Published: Friday, June 17, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Bangalore:The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) today dropped broad hints that the Board was in no hurry to carry out the merger of the Women's Cricket Association of India (WCAI) with the men's cricket board.

Speaking toThatscricket.com following Board's recent working committee meeting in Thiruvananthapuram, Nair said issues like merger couldn't be decided in a single meeting as lot of things remained to be discussed.

"Look, we've tossed the issue at our last working committee meeting. We had a healthy discussion on it. But you can't decide such things in a single meeting," Nair said.

The BCCI secretary said the Board would be getting in touch with other international cricket bodies to know the nitty-gritties of how their men's bodies got merged with their women bodies before taking a decision.

"We'd soon talk to international cricket bodies like Australia, England and New Zealand among others to discuss the modalities as to how the merger process can be carried out. At the moment, it's premature to say anything," he said.

Queried whether BCCI was under pressure to expedite the merger process as the Women's Cricket Association of India (WCAI) has been given only a year's extension to merge itself with BCCI by ICC after latter had merged the world governing body of women's cricket-International Women's Cricket Council (IWCC) at the conclusion of the 2005 World Cup in South Africa, Nair was categorical that BCCI had its way of doing things and would stick to that.

"We're not under any kind pressure. BCCI has its own system of carrying out things. We'd precisely do that," he quipped.

While declining to set a time-frame for the merger, Nair said something should emerge by August, but stopped short of saying that the merger would happen by then.

"Whatever decision has to be taken to push this process forward will be decided in our next executive committee meeting, which is yet to scheduled."

"I'm neither confirming nor denying anything. All I'm saying is that we can definitely hope to make some headway on the merger issue by August," Nair added.

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