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    BCCI on collision course with Government

    24 April 2001

    In a clear move to take the Government head on, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) today decided not to participate in multilateral tournaments including World Cup and ICC Knock-out series till 'clear-cut' guidelines on playing with Pakistan were announced. Board President AC Muthiah told reporters after its working committee meeting in Delhi that uncertainty prevailed over whether the Government had restrained the cricket team from playing at specific venues or against specific countries too.

    "In the absence of clear-cut guidelines in this matter, the Board has decided to play only in bilateral or triangular series involving Test playing countries. We will not participate in tournaments such as Asia Cup, ICC Knock-out series (2002) and the 2003 World Cup because we do not know whether we would be able to play certain sides, like Pakistan, or not," Muthiah said. The Government, in a statement a few days ago, had asked the Board not to send the team to any 'non-regular' venue, like Toronto, Singapore and Sharjah, for the next three years.

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    I might say a very bold step indeed
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