BCCI administrators are idiots, says Astle

Published: Saturday, March 8, 2008, 3:35 [IST]
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New Delhi: Former New Zealand all-rounder Nathan Astle today lashed out at the BCCI, claiming that the Indian cricket board is being run by 'idiots' and keeps changing it's rules according to it's own convenience.

Astle, who is scheduled to play in the unsanctioned Indian Cricket League (ICL) along with other international stars told UNI,''Earlier the BCCI mentioned in it's contract that the players who retire immediately will not be allowed to play for the IPL but now Gilchrist, Glen McGrath, Warne , everybody is playing for it.

''BCCI people are just idiots.'' He also accused the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) of influencing the decisions of the International Cricket Council (ICC) with all the money and power associated with it.

''It's a shame that BCCI is running the ICC,'' Astle said.

He pointed out that a prime example of how the Indian board has managed to dictate terms to the ICC is the Harbhajan-Symonds controversy in which the Indian off-spinner was acquitted even though an earlier hearing had found him guilty of making racist remarks to the Australian all-rounder.

''If it would have been a New Zealand player the ban would have stayed. But since the BCCI has so much of money and power with it, the ICC had to bow down to their demands.'' Astle added that the controversy was blown out of proportion and the players are to be blamed for it.

''Both the captains should have solved the matter there and then.

They should have spoken to each other and said lets play the game hard but fair,'' he said.

Astle, who has played 81 Tests for New Zealand, was pleased with Indian players' performance Down Under and said other nations have posed a stiff competition to Australia in the recent past.

The 36-year-old al-rounder, who will play for the Mumbai Champs in the ICL's second edition, added that Australia will find it tough to replace players like McGrath, Warne and Gilchrist.

''They (Australia) will not be able to find players with the calibers of McGraths and Warnes in near future but will things can change in the future.

''Even when Warne arrived to the international scene, he wasn't a great bowler but he improved his bowling with experience and went on to become one of the world's best bowlers,'' he said.


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