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BCCI seeks to downplay directive to selectors

cricket Updated: Nov 30, 2007 02:59 IST
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The Cricket Board on Thursday sought to downplay its controversial directive to the selection committee to pick India's team for the third Test against Pakistan over telephone, saying there was nothing "unsual" about the decision.

The BCCI said the directive was aimed at giving the selectors a chance to watch Ranji Trophy matches without interruption as not too many changes were expected in the squad for the third Test beginning in Bangalore from December 8.

"There is nothing unusual about such a decision. Selectors have discussed over phone earlier also. It is only for the third Test since we dont expect too many changes", BCCI Secretary Niranjan Shah told PTI over phone from Rajkot.

"We dont want to disrupt the schedule of selectors who will be watching Ranji Trophy matches", he said.

He dismissed suggestions that there was a "cold war" between the selectors and the BCCI officials. "The selectors and the Board have no problems. We work together", he said.

Shah said that the selection committee meeting for the tour of Australia would most probably be held in Bangalore on December 5. "We will take a final decision on this in a day or two. But it will most probably be in Bangalore on December 5".

The BCCI's directive to its chief selector Dilip Vengsarkar had sparked off a fresh controversy last night with the former Indian captain saying he felt humiliated by the Board's behaviour.

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