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BCCI influenced ICC to shift WC ties from Pak, blames Minister

cricket Updated: May 25, 2009 15:16 IST
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Sports Minister Pir Aftab Shah Jillani on Monday alleged the Indian Cricket Board of influencing the ICC to shift the 2011 World Cup cricket matches from Pakistan and deplored the BCCI's role in the issue.

"I think the Indian board's role in this whole affair of shifting the World Cup matches from Pakistan has been deplorable," Jillani said implying that the BCCI influenced the game's world governing body's decision in the matter.

The Minister also blamed Pakistan cricket authorities for not handling the World Cup issues properly.

"I think we also need to put our own house in order," he said at a function in Hyderabad.

Jillani denied the Sports Ministry was trying to interfere in the Cricket Board affairs.

"We are not interfering but doing our duty as the watchdog of all sports bodies in the country. We want to see the Board run smoothly and properly," he added.

Jillani also supported bringing back the Indian Cricket League players into the national team as soon as possible.

"Players like Mohammad Yousuf and Abdul Razzaq are still an asset for the team and once they have revoked their contracts with the ICL, the Board should not waste time in bringing them back," he said.

Pakistani authorities are further likely to be upset with the BCCI as it did not include national T20 champions Sialkot Stallions in the Champions League.