FICA appeals ICC to probe BCCI

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Melbourne, Feb 2 (UNI) The Federation of International Cricketers Association (FICA) has appealed to the ICC to investigate Indian and Australian board's conduct over the way they dealt with the Harbhajan Singh issue.

FICA Chief executive Tim May said Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and Cricket Australia (CA) had their personal interests following which they failed in their responsibility to uphold their respect for this issue.

''The priorities of each board have been misdirected at best - one hell bent on protecting its image and the other hell bent on protecting its revenues,'' May was quoted as saying by Cricinfo.com.

''Allegations of intimidation, interference and some good old 'backroom bullying' have unfortunately been all too prevalent in this issue and other issues,'' he said.

He asked that why Andrew Symond's word was not accepted that he was racially abused by Harbhajan and said his honest belief led him to emerge out as a villain.

''Cricket has had three attempts to deal with alleged racial abuse of the same player and has failed on every occasion.

''In the latest instance a player held an honest and reasonable belief that he had been racially abused. It does not matter if he may have been mistaken, the fact is, he held an honest and reasonable belief that he had been racially abused.

For this, he has been portrayed as a villain,'' he added.

May came hard at BCCI and CA saying the two boards did not act responsibily on an issue that is as sensitive as racism.

He called on ICC to intervene and investigate the role of the two boards saying ''just like players, the board officials must be held accountable for their actions.'' ''It's the ICC's duty to protect the integrity of their Code.

I am confident that the ICC will launch a thorough investigation into the alleged actions of both boards and key officials - there are serious allegations of intimidation and interference of those involved in this hearing-and such allegations must be dealt with swiftly and decisively,'' he said.

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