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ICC fires fresh salvo at BCCI

ICC says it is happy that BCCI has the money but it should also be reflected in the team's performance.

india Updated: Nov 01, 2006 22:53 IST

The International Cricket Council on Wednesday used the Indian team's recent poor form to fire a fresh salvo at the BCCI, saying that sports bodies were not judged by "money power" but by their ability to bring results on the field.

Under constant attack by a few top BCCI officials on various issues in the last few weeks, the ICC said it was happy that India had the money but it should also be reflected in the team's performance.

"I have read a lot about India's money power. But we don't judge sporting organisations on the basis of how much money they have. What matters in the end is performance," ICC Chief Executive Officer Malcolm Speed said.

"The criteria for judging organisations is how their team has performed, how well they look after their stakeholders and how many good cricketers they produce. I am not trying to be critical of India, but the last time they have won a major title was in 1983," Speed said.

"At the end, it is performance which counts. We have the ICC rankings to know the performance level. New Zealand may not have a lot of money or a big population, but they are in the semi-finals of the Champions Trophy," he said.

On BCCI Vice-President Lalit Modi's sharp criticism of the ICC on marketing issues, Speed said, "We have heard a lot from Modi. He is entitled to his opinion but we are interested in facts. There are a lot of factual errors in what he says."

"He has never attended ICC meetings and is also not a senior BCCI functionary. If he feels, he is qualified to give such opinions, we can't do anything.

"We have a transparent process for everything and all the documents are made available to all the members.

"There are a lot of write-ups and articles about the ICC's functioning. But we have said very little. We have not said anything on Modi, it is deliberate.

"It is in line with our policy. We are not interested in litigating matters." Asked whether the ICC was contemplating lodging a formal complaint against Modi to the BCCI, ICC President Percy Sonn said, "ICC does not lodge complaints. It runs cricket in the world. There is a freedom of expression, especially in India. It is a question of how it is interpreted."

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