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BCCI defuses Shane Warne, Sanjay Dixit Twitter row

The first major controversy in this Indian Premier League - the Twitter war of words between Rajasthan Royals skipper Shane Warne and Rajasthan Cricket Association secretary Sanjay Dixit - seems to have died down after the cricket board bigwigs stepped in to resolve the issue on Tuesday. Amol Karhadkar reports. Wrong ’UNs in IPL

cricket Updated: May 18, 2011 01:05 IST
Amol Karhadkar

The first major controversy in this Indian Premier League (IPL) - the Twitter war of words between Rajasthan Royals skipper Shane Warne and Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA) secretary Sanjay Dixit - seems to have died down after the cricket board bigwigs stepped in to resolve the issue on Tuesday.

With the public spat between the former Aussie spin legend and Dixit - which started on May 9 following the change of pitch for the home game against the Chennai Super Kings - starting to get out of hand, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) summoned both to its headquarters.

They were called by an emergency enquiry panel comprising IPL chairman Chirayu Amin, the league's governing council member Ravi Shastri and a representative of the International Management Group (IMG), the event managers.

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End feud
There was no official word from the IPL, but it was learnt that both Warne and Dixit, who have been threatening to expose each other via tweets, were warned to end the public feud immediately.

"We cannot let a personal feud tarnish the tournament," an insider said after the meeting. "If any of them make their views public again, strictest possible action would be initiated."

Action possible?
However, it was not clear if the IPL would still punish Warne for allegedly abusing Dixit at the end of the Royals' game against Kochi Tuskers Kerala.

Following a dispute after that match, Dixit had filed a complaint to the BCCI against Warne. And despite the Royals issuing an apology to Dixit, the bureaucrat was threatening to take legal action against Warne.

Cordial atmosphere
"The hearing was only about the complaint I had lodged. There was no extraneous element. The three-member panel heard all our points and I will wait for the judgment as I still don't know when it's going to come," Dixit said.

"We had a long meeting and the judgment is awaited. We were called together and separately. The hearing was held in a cor dial atmosphere. Since it was a hearing, the proceedings were confidential."