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Kiwi media lambast BCCI for boycotting ICL players

cricket Updated: Mar 15, 2009 11:45 IST

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The BCCI's insistence on giving a cold shoulder to any player associated with the Indian Cricket League has infuriated the media in Hamilton which has described former Board secretary Niranjan Shah as a "travelling goon" for his comments against ICL's Kiwi recruits.

"India – great team, shame about the Board they are representing" -- read the headline of leading local daily 'New Zealand Herald's write-up by Dylan Cleaver.

Cleaver described Shah, in Hamilton as the Indian team's administrative manager, as a "traveling goon."

"It's one thing to pull two players out of a festival match in case they're contaminated by ex-ICL bacterium Hamish Marshall.

"It's two things to have New Zealand Cricket general manager of cricket Geoff Allott ring ICL virus Daryl Tuffey to ask him to withdraw from a State Championship match. But it's a truly absurd thing to flex their muscles in the commentary box for fear that Ravi Shastri (IPL) and Craig McMillan (ICL) might accidentally exchange bodily fluids that could eventually infect all the right-thinking people of the cricketing world," the newspaper wrote.

"The BCCI's travelling goon, Niranjan Shah, managed to keep a straight face when he told TV3: 'As far as we are concerned any commentator or somebody involved with an unauthorised tournament declared by the BCCI, our people will not take part in it'."