Gavaskar may skip meeting in wake of father~~s illness

Published: Tuesday, September 27, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Mumbai:With Sunil Gavaskar's father admitted to a Pune hospital, speculations are rife whether the former national captain would attend the Cricket Board's (BCCI) review committee meeting, likely to discuss among other things the spat between India skipper Saurav Ganguly and coach Greg Chappell, scheduled to be held later today.

Gavaskar, if needed, was planning to proceed to Pune to attend to his father but the board officials were not aware of these developments, according to sources close to Gavaskar.

"I have not heard anything from Mr Gavaskar that he will not be attending the meeting so far," Board secretary and meeting convenor S K Nair told PTI this morning.

The BCCI executive secretary in-charge Ratnakar Shetty also said he is not aware of the development.

Gavaskar, however, was not available for comments.

The review committee, comprising Board president Ranbir Singh Mahendra (chairman), former BCCI chief Jagmohan Dalmiya, Nair, Gavaskar and two former Indian cricketers Ravi Shashtri and Srinivas Venkataraghavan are scheduled to discuss the Indian team's performance on the recent tours to Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe.

The hot topic of discussion would include the much publicised spat between Ganguly and Chappell and the latter's "leaked" confidential e-mail to the board president in which he has levelled serious charges against Ganguly.

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