Vengsarkar's meeting with Pawar rescheduled to next week

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Mumbai, Dec 7 (UNI) Chairman of the selection committee Dilip Vengsarkar will meet Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) President Sharad Pawar only next week.

Vengsarkar was to meet Mr Pawar in a day or two to put across his feelings on the seven-point guidelines for selectors to which he had opposed and also threatened to resign during the second Test against Pakistan at Kolkata.

''Vengsarkar is expected to meet Mr Pawar next week, and it's likely to be on December 14,'' sources close to Vengsarkar said today. This has paved the way for the former India skipper to watch the entire proceedings of the Test at Bangalore starting tomorrow.

Vengsarkar attended the last selection committee meeting on Wednesday in Bangalore, to pick the team for the final Test and the 24 probables for the tour of Australia, after making up his mind to do so very late on the eve of the sitting.

He had come back from Kolkata in the middle of the second Test after his demands for the scrapping of the seven-point guidelines issued to the selectors, that included a ban on them from writing columns and talking to the media, were not accepted by the Board.

Vengsarkar, who had to stop his regular newspaper columns following the Board's diktat, also dashed off a letter to the BCCI stating his position, not to attend the meeting unless his demands were met, but the Board did not budge from its stand.

Hectic parleys over phone with Mr Pawar on the eve of the selection meeting, after the Board Chief softened his stand on the issue, enabled Vengsarkar to make up his mind to proceed to Bangalore and chair the meeting.

UNI

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