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Shah takes a dig at ICC

Source: PTI
May 01, 2007 21:33 IST
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The Board of Control for Cricket in India took another dig at the International Cricket Council by sarcastically saying the ICC is perhaps "too professional", because of which the World Cup witnessed a shambolic ending on Saturday.

"The ICC keeps reminding us (BCCI) that we need to be more professional in our functioning. But the entire world has seen the way the World Cup final was conducted. May be the problem is they (ICC) are too professional (for their own good)," said BCCI secretary Niranjan Shah from London.

Shah witnessed first hand the farcical ending of the final on a rain-ruined day when five ICC-appointed and contracted officials could not decipher the rules governing a truncated ODI that resulted in the match continuing well after it should have been declared in Australia's favour.

Shah reiterated that the BCCI might take up the matter of taking the ICC's officials, especially its Chief Executive Malcolm Speed, to task at next month's meeting in London.

"I did say to the Australian reporter that the ICC has too many employees and is tied down by bureaucracy," he said.

"I did not say that a no-confidence motion could be brought about as I know most of the ICC personnel are paid employees," he added.

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