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Dilip Vengsarkar bows to BCCI diktat

After being on collision course with the BCCI, the chief selector stops writing columns for a Marathi daily owned by BCCI chief Sharad Pawar's brother.

cricket Updated: Nov 20, 2007 17:05 IST

After being on collision course with the BCCI, chief selector Dilip Vengsarkar seems to have bowed to the Cricket Board's diktat and has stopped writing columns for a Marathi daily owned by BCCI chief Sharad Pawar's brother.

"Vengsarkar has stopped writing his column 'Cover Drive' that used to appear as a preview before a ODI played by India. The last one was scheduled on the day of India's fifth and final ODI against Pakistan at Jaipur (Nov 18) but did not appear," said a source in 'Sakal' newspaper on Tuesday.

Vengsarkar and four other selectors have been banned from writing columns or talking to the media by the BCCI but the chief selector defied the gag order and continued to write his column in "Sakal".

When it was brought to BCCI secretary Niranjan Shah's notice, the official promptly sent a missive to the former India skipper seeking explanation for defying the order.

Miffed at the board's directive, sent as a seven-point dos and don'ts, Vengsarkar and a few of his colleagues threatened to quit the post.

"We are not servants, we cannot be treated in such a way. If such a gag order continues, some of us may step down", one of the selectors told PTI on Monday on condition of anonymity.

He said Vengsarkar, who has been writing newspaper columns for nearly 15 years, was "extremely angry" with the gag order and two of his colleagues also shared his views.