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World T20, 2nd Semi-Final

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ICC demands BCCI explanation

Taking a serious note of allegations of racist chanting against Andrew Symonds, the International Cricket Council (ICC) has demanded the Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) explanation on the incident reported in the media after the fifth one-dayer in Vadodara.
"We have noted media reports of racist chanting during the India-Australia ODI in Vadodara on Thursday and also of racist abuse directed at South Africa players and team officials in Lahore," the ICC Chief Executive, Malcolm Speed, said in a statement. "In the light of those reports we have written to both the BCCI and the PCB (on Saturday) asking for their comments on the incidents," he said emphasising ICC’s "zero tolerance to racism."
Symonds had complained of “monkey chants” from a section of the crowd at Vadodara when he was fielding near the boundary. But Cricket Australia (CA) had refused to lodge an official complaint with the ICC and left the matter to the BCCI to handle, saying the ICC’s anti-racism policy clearly states that it is the home Board’s responsibility. Speed also said the ICC’s anti-racism “code outlines measures host members are expected to undertake and those measures were unanimously approved by the ICC’s Board."
"We need to understand whether those measures are working. If they are not then our Members need to tell us why so that we can ensure cricket remains free from the scourge of racism," he said. Speed said the ICC, during its next meeting in Dubai, would also discuss if the issue of racism was being addressed properly. "With the ICC Board set to meet in Dubai at the end of this month, there is scope for discussion on this subject then, if appropriate, to ensure it is properly addressed on an ongoing basis," he said.
However, the match organisers, Baroda Cricket Association, and the local police have vehemently denied allegations that Symonds was racially abused during the match there.

Vengsarkar, Rajput cautioned by BCCI

The BCCI has taken exception to selection committee chairman Dilip Vengsarkar and team manager Lalchand Rajput’s statements to the media over the senior players’ performance.
"If the selectors are unhappy with their performance, they can be dropped. But they should not go to the media and discuss the matter," BCCI secretary Niranjan Shah said here on Tuesday.
The BCCI has asked Vengsarkar and Rajput not to speak to the media about such issues in the future, Shah said. "I have personally discussed it with Vengsarkar and Rajput and cautioned them not to speak openly against any player," Shah said. "Vengsarkar is the selection committee chairman and should talk to the concerned players and discuss the matter with them. It is not proper to criticise players openly," he said.
Vengsarkar had recently said that senior players will have to perform if they want to stay in the team, while Rajput responded by saying that he should not have made such comments in the middle of a series.

And they said..

August 2007 I really do not know exactly why the BCCI has shown scant interest in me.
Erapalli Prasanna, talking to Rediff. From what I gather they are seeking to run what I can call within quotes unofficial cricket.
Malcolm Speed, the ICC's chief executive about ICL. In this fight between the two giants, I dont want players to suffer. Why should players have swords hanging over their heads?
Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul, looking into a case concerning BCCI misusing its power against ICL. They (BCCI officials) talk as if they work for free.
Kapil Dev, Chairman of ICL's executive board, in response to BCCI officials accusation that he joined ICL only for money.

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