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Board vetoes Colonel’s demand

cricket Updated: Dec 17, 2007 02:01 IST
K Kumaraswamy
K Kumaraswamy
Hindustan Times
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Chairman of Selectors Dilip Vengsarkar has received a setback with the Cricket Board’s (BCCI) Working Committee, which met here on Sunday, approving the seven-point guidelines issued to him and his four colleagues by the office-bearers a couple of weeks ago.

Decisions of the Cricket Board after its Special General Meeting and Working Committee Meeting here on Sunday:

1) SGM ratifies the formation of Indian Premier League and the IPL General Council.

Implication: IPL now becomes an official tournament of the BCCI like the Ranji Trophy and Duleep Trophy. The General Council has Board vice-president Lalit Modi as chairman and commissioner and includes Sunil Gavaskar, Ravi Shastri, MAK Pataudi, Rajeev Shukla, Arun Jaitley and Chirayu Amin.

2) The Working Committee approves the seven-point guidelines issued to the national selectors by the office-bearers. And the office-bearers have been authorised to handle the issues arising out of it.

Implication: Officially this means, Chairman of Selectors Dilip Vengsarkar’s demand for compensation for not writing newspaper columns has been rejected. And so have been the demands for allowing selectors access to the dressing rooms during international matches, sending one of them on tours along with the team, and the chairman’s wish to speak to the media after selection committee meetings. The ball would then be in Vengsarkar’s court since he had stated that he would resign from his post if the ban on his writing columns without compensation was not lifted.

A Board member said that BCCI president Sharad Pawar informed the Committee that “the officer-bearers will sort out the issue” and the matter was not taken up for discussion at all. “The matter has been sorted out already,” he added. The Board officials, however, were tightlipped on the matter.

3) Appointment of Dav Whatmore as National Cricket Academy director and Gary Kirsten as coach of the national approved.

Implication: Whatmore has already taken charge and Kirsten will take up the job full-time from March while being a consultant on the tour of Australia.

4) WV Raman to coach India ‘A’ team on the tour to South Africa next month.

Implication: This fills the position left vacant following Robin Singh’s appointment as fielding coach of the national side.

5) Bengal’s Manoj Tiwari to receive Chidambaram Trophy for the Best Under-22 cricketer.

Implication: The Board rectifies an earlier faux pas when it named Delhi’s Abhinav Bali as the recipient of the award. Bali has joined the rival Indian Cricket League (ICL).

6) Subsidy to state associations increased to Rs 50 crore for each of them.

Implication: The associations can now go ahead and build their own stadia and avoid unnecessary wrangling over ownership of the plot or the facility as in the case of the Green Park Stadium in Kanpur.