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Vengsarkar drops demand for money

cricket Updated: Dec 16, 2007 01:57 IST
K Kumaraswamy
K Kumaraswamy
Hindustan Times
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The cricket board (BCCI) is expected to take a final decision on the issue of whether or not to compensate Chief Selector Dilip Vengsarkar who has been asked to stop writing newspaper columns at its Working Committee meeting in Mumbai on Sunday.

Vengsarkar, who had few days ago issued an ultimatum to the Board that it revoke its ban on his writing columns else he would resign from the post, met with BCCI President Sharad Pawar and Shashank Manohar, a vice-president and president-elect, at Pawar's residence this morning.

Although the BCCI pretended that the issue never came up for discussion when its office bearers met at its headquarters in the Wankhede Stadium during in the day, one Board official on condition of anonymity said that the former India captain had dropped his demand for compensation.

"Vengsarkar presented his views to Pawar and Manohar who both gave a patient hearing to him. He (Vengsarkar) did not bring up the issue of compensation at all," the Board official said.

The selection committee chairman's softening of his earlier stand might have something to do with the fact that the Board's constitution does not provide for giving financial compensation to selectors whose are essentially honorary positions. "The Board's constitution does not talk about compensation," Manohar said.

With the mood in the BCCI strongly against making an exception to Vengsarkar, it remains to be seen what solution could Pawar engineer that will receive the approval of his collegues at the crucial Working Committee meeting tomorrow.

Meanwhile, the WC meeting is to be preceded by a Special General Meeting of the Board to ratify the formation of the IPL and related issues like the IPL General Council, the tenure of its office bearers, etc.