Vengsarkar bows to BCCI diktat; stops writing newspaper columns

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Mumbai, Nov 20 (UNI) The chairman of the selection committee Dilip Vengsarkar seemed to have bowed to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) diktat and has stopped writing columns for a Marathi daily owned by BCCI chief Sharad Pawar's brother.

''Vengsarkar has stopped writing his column 'Cover Drive' that used to appear as a preview before a ODI played by India. The last one was scheduled on the day of India's fifth and final ODI against Pakistan at Jaipur (Nov 18) but did not appear,'' said a source in ''Sakal'' newspaper today.

Vengsarkar and four other selectors have been banned from writing columns or talking to the media by the BCCI but the chief selector defied the gag order and continued to write his column in ''Sakal''.

When it was brought to BCCI secretary Niranjan Shah's notice, the official promptly sent a missive to the former India skipper seeking explanation for defying the order.


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