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Greig slams BCCI for lack of sporting spirit

cricket Updated: Jun 27, 2012 23:40 IST
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Former England captain Tony Greig has slammed the BCCI for not adhering to the spirit of cricket and for pushing Twenty20 ahead of Tests for financial and for opposing the Decision Review System.

Delivering MCC’s Colin Cowdrey Spirit of Cricket lecture at Lord’s, he said Tests were being marginalised because the influential India was interested in “generating billions of dollars” by monopolising on the success of IPL and Champions League T20.

“To compound the problems, India has not only sold part of game to private interests but some of her administrators are seen to have a conflict of interest, which makes it more difficult for it to act in the spirit of the game.

“India's apparent indifference towards Test cricket and response towards some of the key issues, its attitude to the earlier ICC corruption inquiries, the rumoured corruption hanging over IPL and its role in the lack of due process in stopping former Australian prime minister John Howard being appointed vice-president of the ICC — are all examples of disappointing decisions,” he said.

“Much of the money in the game is controlled by BCCI because it controls enough votes to block any proposal put forward at ICC board meetings.”

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The ICC only said it would continue with the current arrangement of teams in bilateral series deciding on the use of technology, as demanded by the BCCI, which is not convinced the technology is full proof.

The ICC also called for a global life ban on Pakistan leggie Danish Kaneria after he was banned for life for his role in an English spot-fixing scandal.

Kaneria, however, has vowed to go in appeal.

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