ICC Chief denies BCCI's role in its functioning

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New Delhi, Sept 8 (UNI) The recent past has been indicative enough that the BCCI has a greater say in the ICC's ruling than its other Board members but the governing body clearly denied that version today and said efforts are being made to introduce cricket in the Olympics.

ICC CEO Haroon Lorgat, who was here to announce the nominations for this year's award, also cleared the air about a possible divide among its member Boards after the postponement of the Champions Trophy.

''There is no divide within the ICC Board members. The governing body made a decision on Champions Trophy and it was respected by every member,'' Lorgat said.

''We gave them the information that we had about Pakistan and we wanted to hold the event in an environment where every team was comfortable to play so it was unanimously decided to postpone the tournament,'' he added.

The ICC chief further denied that the governing body was not a ''toothless body'' and is doing a great job in handling the game.

He further added that efforts are being made to make cricket an Olympic sport and IS Bindra, who has recently been appointed as the principal advisor to the ICC, will lead the charge.

''There are 104 countries affiliated to the ICC and we have been getting tremendous boost in terms of funds so that we can spread the game to other nations as well.

''IS Bindra has been assigned various jobs which would also include measures to promote the game. He will travel to various places in this regard. Hopefully, we will have cricket as an Olympic sport soon,'' Lorgat replied.

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