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Pawar okay with cricket league now

BCCI chief Sharad Pawar has reportedly said that he is "not against the League", reports Anam Arsalan.

cricket Updated: Aug 08, 2007 11:11 IST
Anam Arsalan

Board of Control for Cricket in India President Sharad Pawar has apparently taken a U-turn on his stand on the Indian Cricket League (ICL). Speaking to a TV channel on Tuesday, Pawar said: “I am not against the League.”

His statement comes in the wake of reactions from political heavyweights who came out in support of the latest venture by Essel Group Chairman Subhash Chandra.

Senior Congress leader Digvijay Singh on Monday drafted a letter to Pawar criticising him on his stand. “It is very unfortunate that the BCCI has taken a rigid stand against ICL’s proposal,” he said. “The BCCI is not only missing an opportunity to enlarge the scope of cricket but it is also attacking the right of Indian cricketers who should have the freedom to opt and play according to their own wish without facing such penal threats and warnings.”

Later, All India Congress Committee General Secretary Digvijay Singh too came out in support of the “rebel league”, requesting the Board to facilitate the ICL’s functioning. “Instead of taking a confrontationist stand, you should act as a facilitator for the ICL to succeed,” Singh said.

However, ICL Vice President Gaurav Seth denied having received any communication from the Board. “I just came to know about the news from one of our public relations officials. But I have yet to receive any communiqué from the Board.”

A decision will be taken at the BCCI office-bearers meeting in the Capital on Wednesday.