Azhar~~s resurrection: Ball is in the BCCI~~s court

Published: Friday, November 3, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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Mumbai:While Mohammad Azharuddin has left the job to BCCI and is yet to apply to get his ban lifted, banned Pakistani pacer Ata-ur-Rehman's reinstatement appeal would come up for discussion in the two-day ICC Executive Board meeting, which got underway here today.

The International Cricket Council meeting will discuss a host of issues in the two-day meeting and ICC President Percy Sonn is scheduled to address the media tomorrow.

In the meeting, the Board would take note of an official enquiry following the Pakistan Cricket Board's appeal to reinstate Ata-ur-Rehman, who, like Azhar, was also indicted in the match-fixing scandal.

Rehman was banned for life and fined 40,000 rupees following the conclusion of the Qayyum Report in May 2000.

Azhar was banned for life by the BCCI in Dec 2000 for his alleged role in the match-fixing scandal.

BCCI of late, softened its stance and said it probably acted in haste while banning Azhar and hinted to do everything to reinstate the player.

ICC chief executive Malcolm Speed, meanwhile, spelt out the process and asserted that a formal appeal should reach ICC to initiate the process.

The ICC chief executive stressed that BCCI could not remove the ban on its own, for it needs ICC approval.

Meanwhile, the Board meeting here would also discuss the Oval Test fiasco, which saw the match being awarded to England when Pakistan was deemed to have refused to play. This is the first time such a result has occurred in 129 years of Test match cricket.

Besides, the Board will also receive a report from ICC President Percy Sonn following the fact-finding visit he and Mr Speed made to Zimbabwe in late July and early August.

The vexed issue of Members' Participation Agreement (MPA) and Commercial Rights Exploitation 2007 -2015 will also come up for discussion in the meeting.

ICC Global Cricket Academy (GCA)Director of Coaching Rodney Marsh is also scheduled to make a presentation on the academy which is expected to open early in 2008.

Apart from ICC President Percy Sonn and chief executive Mr Speed, the meeting would be attended by Full Member representatives Creagh O'Connor (Aus), Mohammad Ali Asghar MP (B'desh), David Morgan (Eng), Sharad Pawar (Ind), Sir John Anderson KBE (NZ), Dr Naseem Ashraf (Pak), Jayantha Dharmadasa (SL), Ray Mali (RSA), Ken Gordon (WI) and Peter Chingoka (Zimb).

Representatives of the Associate Members include Samir Inamdar (Ken), Stanley Perlman (Isr) and Tunku Imran (Mal).


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