Mallya throws weight behind BCCI on ICL issue

Published: Monday, September 10, 2007, 0:00 [IST]
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Vijay Mallya

Bangalore: Facing stiff challenge Indian Cricket League (ICL), Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) got a shot in the arm with Liquor Baron Vijay Mallya rallying behind the cricket body in not approving the new cricket league.

Speaking to reporters last night at the KSCA Stadium where the quadrennial elections to the Association were held, Mallya said he was not impressed with the ICL.

''BCCI has done a good job of promoting cricket in the country so far and they have worked hard for it. Mr Pawar has been behind the success of Indian cricket and I have trust in him,'' he said.

Considering the BCCI's work, it would not be proper for him to support the ICL, said Mallya who had evinced keen interest in involving himself in cricket administration.

Though members gave a fractured mandate in the KSCA elections between two groups led by Scion of Mysore Royal Family Srikantadatta Narasimharaja Wadiyar and Former Test Cricketer and Incumbent Secretary Brijesh Patel, he would help both to ensure smooth functioning.

''My commitment to Karnataka cricket will be total,'' he added.

The UB group Chairman had supported Wadiyar's group in the elections.


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