Gavaskar likely to be axed from ICC panel

Published: Tuesday, March 25, 2008, 3:35 [IST]
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Bangalore: ICC executive board has decided to ask former Indian skipper Sunil Gavaskar to step down as ICC cricket committee chairman due to a conflict of interests between his honorary post and paid role as an eminent columnist and commentator.

"Gavaskar is a cricket legend, but it was felt that his role as ICC cricket committee chairman was in direct conflict to his role as a journalist and commentator. ICC has not taken a decision in this regard. It is Gavaskar who has to decide now which role he is comfortable with. It's completely up to him," Cricinfo quoted a source as saying.

Gavaskar's position came up for discussion at the ICC board meeting in Dubai last week and ICC chief executive Malcolm Speed has been authorised to take up the matter with Gavaskar.

The ex-India captain described England and Australia as "dinosaurs, still trying to voice their prejudiced opinions in the media, and may not open their eyes and see the reality" in a syndicated column at the weekend.

Gavaskar had also said that white South African match referee Mike Procter, who imposed a ban on Harbhajan Singh for allegedly racially abusing Andrew Symonds during India's tour Down Under, was biased against Indian players because of their skin colour. However, the ban was overruled by an ICC appeal committee.


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