BCCI aims for equity, justice; money not driving ICC decisions

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Adelaide, Feb 2 (UNI) India's superiority and influence over World cricket has been debated quite a lot in recent weeks but dismissing all such observations, Inderjit Singh Bindra said International Cricket Council's (ICC) authority cannot be conquered.

''There is that perception and those people have the right to that perception,'' Bindra was quoted as saying by The Australian.

''But I believe and try to emphasise on others that Indian cricket does not want to be what America is to the rest of the world.'' The former Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president said the Indian board has always maintained to work under the governing body and believed in fair play and justice.

''What we want is on the basis of every country being equal.

We want equity, justice and fair play. We don't want money to be the main factor propelling the game of cricket. Of course money is important, it is important everywhere. But it shouldn't be important to the extent of dictating decision-making,'' he said.

However, the Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) president admitted that some of his colleagues did use public forums to project BCCI's commercial power to dictate terms universally.

''Yes, there are people on the board who think in this way.

But I am their critic, the first one to criticise them. I believe even the smallest country should have an equal say in the matter,'' he admitted.

Bindra, who is considered to be the front-runner to replace Malcolm Speed as chief executive of the ICC this year, said he is keen to take up the responsibility but would sort out a few things before he is 100 per cent sure for the all important post.

''From a professional point of view I would love to do that job. However, I would have to sort out some logistic problems before I could put forward my candidature,'' he said.

An ICC sub-committee will choose Speed's successor from a list of 12 that has been compiled by international consultants. It is not known whether Bindra's name is there on the list or not.


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