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Things are moving well, says Dalmiya
- BCCI chief meets ICC president Mani for 35 minutes

Mumbai: As the sun began to set on Friday, Ehsan Mani and Jagmohan Dalmiya, heads of the International Cricket Council (ICC) and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), respectively, took to the cane chairs religiously laid out at the CCI every evening.

Both talked non-stop for around 35 minutes and broke off only because Dalmiya had to ready himself to host the ICC delegates at a pre-arranged dinner at the Taj. Obviously, they spoke about the contentious Player Terms and the decision by IDI Ltd (the ICC’s business arm) to withhold India’s World Cup-related guarantee money.

Their ‘dialogue’ should continue on Saturday.

“Ehsan and I have a good equation... Things are moving well,” is all that Dalmiya told The Telegraph.

Of course, he is understood to have again reminded Mani that the BCCI has formally called for releasing that $ 6.5 million with interest.

The ICC’s position is “nothing” will move forward till the Global Cricket Corporation (GCC), its commercial partner, reverts on the claims made. Apparently, a huge chunk of the over Rs 200 crore sought as damages is “bogus” and, therefore, has placed the BCCI on a strong wicket.

Significantly, the GCC hasn’t reacted even though the ICC forwarded its own observations (on the claims) two months ago. But even if the GCC responds in the next couple of weeks, only the Executive Board (ICC/IDI Ltd) is empowered to sanction the guarantee money release.

The next Board meeting, by the way, is in Barbados (end-October). The directors of both Boards (ICC and IDI Ltd) are common.

Incidentally, while nobody realistically expects the Player Terms issue to remain unresolved till the 2004 Champions Trophy — the next ICC mega event — host England’s chief executive Tim Lamb chose to have a “lengthy chat” with Dalmiya before the latter’s interaction with Mani.

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