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Sehwag out of Mohali Test
Compensation promised

BCCI President Jagmohan Dalmiya
BCCI President Jagmohan Dalmiya speaks during a news conference in Kolkata on Friday. 
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Kolkata, November 30
The crisis facing international cricket today blew over with batsman Virender Sehwag being dropped from the team for the first Test against England in return for the International Cricket Council (ICC) agreeing to set up a commission to review the penalties awarded to six Indian players.

The commission, comprising people of “high reputation” including two former cricketers, would examine whether the ICC match referee Mike Denness followed procedures and acted in accordance with the ICC code of conduct while penalising the six cricketers during the second Test against South Africa.

The deal was announced simultaneously by Indian cricket board President Jagmohan Dalmiya in Kolkata and ICC Chief Executive Malcolm Speed in London. This paves the way for the series against England going ahead as scheduled from Monday next.

The BCCI President Jagmohan Dalmiya promised financial compensation to Virender Sehwag who has been dropped from the Indian team for the Mohali Test against England as per the agreement between the BCCI and ICC.

Simultaneously, Dalmiya also demanded that the stigma attached to Sachin Tendulkar’s name should be removed and the punishments to five other Indian cricketers be reconsidered.

Tendulkar, who was given a suspended one-match ban by Denness for cleaning the ball without informing the umpires, however, was given a clean chit later that he was not accused of ball-tampering.

Sehwag was banned for one Test for excessive appealing in the Port Elizabeth Test.

The commission that will be appointed will also go into the issue of guidelines and principles of natural justice under the ICC code.

Speed said in London that the ICC has stood by the match referee by derecognising the third and final match between India and South Africa in Johannesburg and was also prepared to withdraw official status for all the matches till India complied with its directive on Sehwag.

He said the commission would have former cricketers of eminence and a lawyer. It would submit its report in January. The report of the commission would be ready by the end of January. He denied a suggestion that there was a climbdown by either side. PTIBack

 

English players arrive
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 30
Manager of the English cricket side, which arrived here this afternoon, Mr Phil Neal, said the team was preparing for the Test match against India. The controversy occurring between the International Cricket Council and the Board for Cricket Control in India (BCCI) was not under consideration of the team management at the moment.

It is a matter for the England Cricket Board and the BCCI to sort out, the team management has no thoughts about it on their minds on the eve of the Test match which begins in S.A.S. Nagar on December 3. Mr Neal steered away from the ongoing controversy as Lord MaClaurin has been severely criticised for his comments in England. When asked about the composition of the side, he said it was not his subject. He expressed satisfaction over security measures. It may be re-collected the ECB had expressed reservations over playing in S.A.S. Nagar saying it was too close to the international border with Pakistan.

Earlier the English cricket team arrived at the Chandigarh Airport this afternoon amidst an exceptionally tight security cordon. The team landed at the Chandigarh airport which shares a landing strip with one of the country’s largest air bases.

The team manager and coach were up front with the captain Chennai-born Naseer Hussian coming out third followed by other team members. A handful of fans , largely little children, welcomed them. The police did not allow anyone to come near on account of security. Actually the English captain did not even take note of the heavy media contingent. Mr Neal talked to members of the media at the team hotel.Back

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