We almost lost the bid: Bindra
A top Indian Board official has said the Asian bloc almost lost the bid to host the 2011 World Cup due to the non-cooperative attitude of the previous BCCI regime.india Updated: May 03, 2006 19:17 IST
A top Indian Cricket Board official has said the Asian bloc almost lost the bid to host the 2011 World Cup due to the non-cooperative attitude of the previous BCCI regime and it was the Pakistan Cricket Board which came to the rescue.
Senior BCCI functionary IS Bindra, who represented India in the ICC's Executive Board meeting in Dubai on Sunday, claimed the previous regime controlled by Jagmohan Dalmiya had not passed on any information and files pertaining to ICC for the last 10 years, including the 100-page ICC Compliance Manual that all bidders had to compulsorily answer.
"We failed miserably because the old Board had not passed on any information and documents to Mr Sharad Pawar's team and they were not even aware that a compliance report had to be submitted," said Bindra.
"We almost lost by default. It was Pakistan that informed us a few days before the bid submission deadline of February 28 and you can't ask for government guarantees in such a short time", he said.
Bindra said the new BCCI office-bearers came to know about ICC Compliance Manual when they went to Lahore to watch the Pakistan-India one-day International on February 13.
"We would have lost by default. Unfortunately, all files about ICC were lying in Kolkata, and even BCCI president, secretary or treasurer had not seen those files for 10 years," he was quoted as saying by the Gulf News on Wednesday.
"Everything concerning ICC was handled directly from Kolkata, without any Board office bearer having a peep into documents. That's why we asked for an extension from the ICC," he said.