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Vengsarkar meets Pawar

The chief selector meets the BCCI boss to discuss the compensation issue for selectors who have agreed to abide by a gag order.

cricket Updated: Dec 15, 2007 18:12 IST

Chief selector Dilip Vengsarkar on Saturday met BCCI president Sharad Pawar to discuss the contentious issue of compensating selectors who have agreed to abide by a controversial gag order.

Vengsarkar, who had threatened to step down from the post if the BCCI did not withdraw some of the restrictions imposed on selectors, got an opportunity to give his views on selection matters at the meeting held at Pawar's residence. President-elect Shashank Manohar was also present at the meeting which lasted for about half an hour.

"It was a very good meeting. We discussed a lot of things about Indian cricket and all other issues. The meeting went very well," Vengsarkar told PTI after the meeting.

Pawar, on his part, sought to downplay the meeting, saying, "Whenever I am in Mumbai, I meet Vengsarkar".

The meeting came just a day before BCCI Working Committee's scheduled meeting here to deliberate on the issue of compensating selectors.

Although Board officials were tight-lipped on what transpired in the meeting, a top BCCI source said that it was a "good meeting" and the chief selector was given a patient hearing.

"Pawar heard everything that Vengsarkar had to say. The matter will now come up for discussion at the Working Committee meeting tomorrow," the source said.

Pawar and Vengsarkar were supposed to meet on Friday but the meeting was postponed for Saturday as the BCCI chief could not spare time due to the inauguration of an indoor cricket stadium at Bandra.

Vengsarkar was at loggerheads with the BCCI officials after the Board issued guidelines prohibiting selectors from writing newspaper columns.

As per the guidelines, only one selector was allowed to watch Test matches and accompany the team on overseas tours. The guidelines also barred selectors from sitting in the dressing room during matches.

The tussle reached a flashpoint when Vengsarkar offered to resign due to the ban, but Pawar calmed the nerves promising that proper compensation would be given to the selectors.

As a first step to appease the selectors, the BCCI on Friday announced a hike in the allowances of selectors.

BCCI Finance Committee which met here, hiked the daily allowance from Rs 5000 to 10,000 and the travelling allowance from Rs 7000 to 10,000 for selectors.

Now that the promised meeting between Vengsarkar and Pawar has taken place, the ball is in the BCCI's court.