BCCI unlikely to table no-confidence motion immediatly

Published: Wednesday, May 2, 2007, 23:53 [IST]
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New Delhi:The BCCI did a virtual volte face on Wednesday with a top Board official saying there were no immediate plans to table a no-confidence motion against the ICC as it was a 'serious' matter.

BCCI secretary Niranjan Shah had reportedly told an Australian daily that India would table a no-confidence motion against the game's governing body but now it seems other members in the Board are against the proposed move.

A Board official denied that BCCI is, at the moment at least, looking at tabling a no-confidence motion.

''If he (Shah) made those comments, then they are his individual opinion,'' he said.

''There has been no discussion among senior members and office bearers of the BCCI about tabling any such motion,'' the official added.

''There is no question of any individual deciding on an action like this,'' another top BCCI official, who returned from the West Indies, told reporters.

''A no-confidence motion is a serious issue and before we take any action like this it has to be discussed within the BCCI and also among other nation members to see if there is some sort of consensus,'' he added.

The buzz that the BCCI would table a no-confidence motion against the ICC has been doing the round since Niranjan Shah made statements to this effect, which he subsequently denied.

Shah was quoted by The Sydney Morning Herald as saying, ''Some of it (a decision on the no confidence motion) 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.'' However, it is common knowledge that BCCI is unhappy with ICC on various aspects of the ICC's functioning.

''See, the job which five people used to do, in an honorary capacity, now some hundred people do, as paid professionals. If that is the case then the results should also be different,'' said the official who had witnessed first-hand the chaos and confusion that engulfed the dying moments of the World Cup final.

The official allgedly said, ''Even in domestic cricket you can't imagine a match being played after the streetlights have come on.

How come all those professional people in the ICC could not make the right decision at the time?'' The BCCI believes that the ICC has become too 'bureaucratic' in its functioning.

However, tabling a no-confidence motion might not help their cause in this case as Speed is not an elected office-bearer of the ICC but a paid employee with a fixed term.

If the BCCI does go ahead with its proposed move, it is likely to get strong support from Asian bloc, comprising Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.


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