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Akram continues tirade against ICC

Published: Friday, December 9, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
 
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New Delhi:Taking a direst swipe at the International Cricket Council President Ehsan Mani, legendary left-arm paceman Wasim Akram today said there should be no place for non-cricketers in the game's governing body.

"ICC has become a forum for white cricketers. (Ehsan) Mani may be a Pakistani but he has never played cricket and never been associated with Pakistan or India or Bangladesh. He has never watched a first-class game," Akram said.

"My objection is that why players like Imran Khan and Kapil Dev do not get the top job in ICC? But people from Australia and England -- all these one-Test wonders -- get thejob," said the former Pakistan captain, who is here to play a Toon Cricket Match on Sunday.

"I think if cricketers head ICC, their opinion will be respected more.

"We (the subcontinent) have the passion, money and the crowds. But nobody from India, Pakistan or Sri Lanka ever gets the top job in ICC."

His reply was tongue in cheek when asked if he was open to a job in ICC. "The way I am having a go at them, they won't ever offer me a job."

Asked to comment on the commercialisation drive of the new set-up in BCCI, Akram said he was all for it but the money that is generated should also benefit the players who are responsible for making the game a money-spinner.

"I think it is a change for the better, it is a right step in the right direction. It is good for the players and the Boards."

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