BCCI likely to bring no-confidence against Speed

Published: Tuesday, May 1, 2007, 23:53 [IST]
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Sydney:The World Cup final fiasco has simmered into a first rate controversy with the Indian cricket board threatening to bring a no-confidence motion at the next ICC chief executives' meeting in June, citing the farcical summit clash as a case in point for mismanagement of the game.

Launching an extraordinary verbal attack on the game's ruling body, BCCI secretary Niranjan Shah, who watched the final between Australia and Sri Lanka at Barbados, told Sydney Morning Herald that it (the ICC) has become ''more and more bureaucratic'' and costing its members money by ''unnecessarily employing so many people'' but mismanaging the affairs by making a ''simple'' game a complex one.

Shah's threat for a no-confidence motion looks ominous as Sri Lankan Cricket chief executive Duleep Mendis also indicated his support to the move.

''We are not that satisfied. It is becoming more and more bureaucratic. My board is of the belief that cricket is a simple, enjoyable game, but that is not how it appears at present,'' Mr Shah said.

''The ICC has so many staff members. It is unnecessarily employing so many people and that costs the other members.

The ICC should move away from the bureaucracy and become more simplified. They should be concentrating more on the game.'' When asked whether the discontent of the BCCI could manifest into a vote of no confidence at the next chief executives' meeting, Mr Shah said, ''Why not? It is something we will discuss with our board. Some of it will depend on how other boards are feeling. It is fair to say that there are quite a few things to sort out at the next chief executives' meeting.'' ''That (no-confidence vote) is something we will have to discuss,'' Mr Mendis told the newspaper from Colombo.

''What happened (in Barbados) was unsatisfactory and unfortunate. To have players out there in the dark cannot be good for the game,'' he said. The ICC has received lots of flak from several well-meaning people including West Indies legend Sir Vivian Richards for its mismanagement of the Caribbean World Cup on issues ranging from poor organisation, high ticket prices, ban on bringing musical instruments by the fans into the stadia among others.

But, ICC Chief Executive Malcom Speed has at various stages insisted that poor turn-outs were not a concern because tickets were sold out, instead blamed the problems of the tournament on the local organising committee (which the ICC appointed) and defended the long, unpopular format on one ground or the other.

Speed later admitted that the World Cup would be shortened in future.

India, which will host 2011 World Cup along with Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, will support the move to shorten the showpiece event.

''We would definitely think the tournament should be shorter,'' Mr Shah said. ''There have been problems this time that we would like to avoid. The tournament has been too long,'' he added.


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