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After Pawar carrot, ICL gets BCCI stick

“Eery individual has a right to choose whether he wishes to associate himself with the BCCI or any other organisation. However, if he chooses...

“Eery individual has a right to choose whether he wishes to associate himself with the BCCI or any other organisation. However, if he chooses to associate himself with any other organisation, he shall not be entitled to derive any benefits from BCCI, or be connected with any of its activities.”

It was a carefully worded statement from the BCCI, the result of a two-hour long meeting of its office-bearers on Wednesday at the residence of president Sharad Pawar, who had stumped some of his senior colleagues yesterday by indicating that players who opt for ICL would not be banned.

Obviously, the hardliners in the Board would have none of it. And it was back to ‘safe’ and familiar ground today.

Board treasurer N Srinivasan said “a proper interpretation” of the BCCI’s latest statement “will answer all queries” — on Kapil Dev’s future as NCA chief, life bans on players, withdrawal of pensions and of course the most important issue of getting recognition.

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“It’s a policy that the Board had formulated based on which any decision on individuals would be taken at the Special General Body Meeting at Mumbai on August 21. It is not an ultimatum to Kapil Dev in particular,” said Srinivasan.

What it means simply is that after a 24-hour aberration of sorts, the Board has gone back to a hardline position against the ICL and has disassociated itself with individuals who are planning to join the rebel league.

While the Board has restrained itself from using the word ‘ban’ on the players, the new policy clearly states that any player signing up with “any other organisation” (read ICL) will not be party “to any of its activities”: representing the country, the state in Ranji Trophy or play in tournaments such as Duleep, Deodhar, Challenger, etc.

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That the players shall not be “entitled to derive any benefits” effectively means that they will not feature in any monetary schemes, welfare initiatives or professional assignments in the future.

Not surprisingly, ICL creative head Gaurav Seth slammed the BCCI’s latest u-turn. “I really don’t know what the Board is up to. Yesterday the president comes out with a statement that he has no problems with ICL, today the vice-president (Rajiv Shukla) reads out a statement saying another thing. Whom do we believe?”

WARNE MAY SAY NO

Melbourne: The ICL suffered a setback today as Shane Warne’s manager James Erskine said that the Aussie star may not join the rebel series.

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Warne was considering the offer but his approval would depend on ICL getting the BCCI’s nod, he said.

decisions taken at the meeting

Board to advertise for new coach: After failing to get any satisfactory response to their search for a new Team India coach, the Board has decided to advertise for the vacant post in all leading newspapers within a week and then decide on the eligible criteria and other formalities.

Rajput as manager for Twenty20: BCCI has nominated Lalchand Rajput to succeed Chandu Borde as cricket manager for the Twenty20 World Cup. He will be assisted by bowling coach Venkatesh Prasad and fielding coach Robin Singh.

New land for NCA: The Karnataka government has agreed in principle to give the BCCI 30 acres for building a new state-of-the art National Cricket Academy.

First published on: 09-08-2007 at 12:01:57 am
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