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ICC ultimatum to Dalmiya
Told to decide on Sehwag by Friday

London, November 27
The International Cricket Council (ICC) has given the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) a Friday deadline to make a final decision on batsman Virender Sehwag.

ICC President Malcolm Speed wrote a letter to BCCI President Jagmohan Dalmiya, giving him until 6.30 am (GMT) on Friday to resolve the issue and end the row between the game’s world governing body and the Indian board.

“I have...noted a number of troubling media comments attributed to you (Dalmiya) in recent days and it is important that the ICC’s position is made very clear to you,” Speed wrote in a detailed letter published on the ICC’s official website.

“You will appreciate that the BCCI and the ICC are on a collision course and that the consequences for world cricket are of great significance.”

“I will ask you to advise me by midday Friday, November 30, (Kolkata time) of your board’s decision in respect of Virender Sehwag.

“In the meantime, might I respectfully suggest that you consult with the members of your board with a view to reaching a decision that is in the best interests of the great game of cricket.”

Sehwag was given an immediate one-match test ban by ICC match referee Mike Denness after showing dissent during India’s second Test against South Africa in Port Elizabeth.

This decision, along with five others made by Denness at the time, sparked widespread Indian outrage and the third and final match of the series was stripped of its test status by the ICC after home officials banned Denness from the ground.

However, Dalmiya said the match, still under way in South Africa, is official and therefore Sehwag, who is not playing, has served his ban.

But the ICC said Sehwag remained ineligible for selection and England officials indicated they would support any decision by world cricket’s ruling body.

India’s chief selector Chandu Borde said on Tuesday he and his fellow selectors were under no pressure to select Sehwag. ReutersBack

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