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BCCI snaps bilateral ties with SLC

cricket Updated: Oct 26, 2008 23:17 IST

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Miffed at the “hostile” statements from Sri Lanka Cricket officials against Indian Premier League, the BCCI has decided to put on hold India's all future bilateral series against Sri Lanka.

According to confidential documents relating to a recent meeting between officials of the two boards, the Indians have made it clear that until the SLC changes its present hostile attitude towards BCCI, all tours by the Indian team in the FTP till 2012 stand unconfirmed.

Documents show that IPL Chairman Lalit Modi and other BCCI officials were extremely unhappy with some of the statements made by the Sri Lankan board officials particularly president Arjuna Ranatunga about the BCCI and Indian Premier League.

"Mr Modi and Mr (Niranjan) Shah were very puzzled and shocked at the attitude of Sri Lankan cricket towards the BCCI and had serious concerns with regards to some of the press statements which had been released by some SLC officials," the document stated.

"Further they were very curious to find out the hostile manner in which the SLC mentioned BCCI/IPL."

The meeting was attended by Modi and other Indian board officials with a delegation of the Sri Lankan cricket board including Siddath Wettimuny.

The documents state that the Indian board had also decided to withdraw the $40 million bailout package offer to Sri Lankan cricket as they are not happy that the SLC chairman had decided to make public what was a confidential offer.

The Indian officials mentioned a damaging comment from Ranatunga in Dubai stating BCCI was trying to buy Sri Lankan cricket with the bailout package.

Modi said at the meeting that the bailout package was made with a genuine effort to assist Sri Lankan cricket who had a mutual understanding with them.

The two boards were locked in a piquant situation over the clash of dates of the Lankan tour of England and the second edition of IPL in April-May next year. PTI

BCCI keeps mum

Meanwhile, Hindustan Times correspondent reports from New Delhi that the BCCI were bemused and irritated in equal parts at reports suggesting suspension of bilateral ties with SLC.

"The FTP is something that is adopted by all playing countries. It is not something that you can just cancel any time you please," said one top functionary who did not want to be named. "Even if such a decision is to be taken the board has to follow due process. It is not something that one man or a few men can decide on their own."

When asked if the IPL had told Sri Lanka Cricket that they would not receive financial assistance unless Arjuna Ranatunga was removed as board president a senior IPL official denied the charge.

"We do not tell other boards who to appoint or who not to appoint. There is so much speculation surrounding the deal that is being discussed, but you have to understand that there is nothing sinister about it," said the official. "We were disappointed, and surprised, at the manner in which Ranatunga has been attacking the IPL and T20 cricket while at the same time having ICL players on the podium to give away awards during India's recent tour."