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ICC will help BCCI host a clean IPL in UAE: Dave

Dhaka: The International Cricket Council (ICC) is hoping that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) will play an active role in the governance of the world body once the new structural changes, with Narayanswamy Srinivasan as chairman, come into effect, in June.

“Mr Srinivasan will come in as chairman only in June. As the CEO of the organisation which he chairs, I will be having regular meetings with him,” said ICC chief executive Dave Richardson, on Friday. “What I like about the position is that for the first time, the BCCI will be very much part of the governance structure, playing a full role in developing the strategy going forward. So I am looking forward to working with the BCCI in that respectů

“Their approach was always to sit on the outside, and not to take part in developing strategy. They left that to the other people. Now for the first time, they have taken the responsibility on their shoulders to lead in developing the strategy,” said Richardson.

The chief executive also made it clear that the ICC will extend all help when the first 20 matches of the IPL takes place in the UAE.

“Our office is in Dubai, so we have certain facilities which we will make available to the BCCI if they need them. Essentially though, our involvement would be on the anti-corruption side. As we speak, I think the contract between the BCCI and the ICC’s ACSU is under negotiation. So it is a little bit premature to say if our services are actually going to be used but that’s probably very likely,” said Richardson.

He also clarified that the ICC would do everything to protect the integrity of the IPL. There’s a strong perception that a powerful arm of the fixing mafia operates out of Dubai, one of the three Emirates that will host the IPL.

“We’ve acknowledged through a media release that the IPL coming to the UAE will do wonders for cricket in the region, particularly Dubai. Rightly or wrongly, the region sometimes gets accused of having integrity issues... We wanted to assure everybody that in that respect, certainly we are keeping a very close eye on the tournament and making sure that it remains above such misgivings.”

Richardson said the world body was hopeful of changing India’s stand on he Decision Review System by first convincing its cricket committee chief Anil Kumble.

“Can Kumble convince the BCCI? First of all, we must convince Mr. Kumble. I’m more worried about them taking part in the debate rather than just sitting outside refusing to even talk about it,” he said.