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Tuesday, May 17, 2011


ICC needs to shun India’s influence says Tony Greig
Former England Captain, Tony Greig, has come out against India’s stronghold over the International Cricket Council.
He was of the view that ICC should be brought back to the right track where they can take the positive decisions towards the solidarity of the game.
India is dominating the International Cricket Council while other members have been sidelined.
"Number one, we have got to try and get the ICC right, we have a situation at the moment where the ICC is dominated by India,” Greig told BBC in an interview.
India’s influence on World Cricket is evident. The Indian players wield a lot of power and so does the BCCI. All major cricketers today wish to play in the Indian Premier League, where they are treated like commodities for sale.
Sharad Pawar took over as ICC’s Chief in July, 2010 and he was in fact, the second Indian to hold that office after Jagmohan Dalmiya.
Speaking further on the topic, the South Africa-born Greig added, "We are playing too much cricket. I would be getting all the countries from the world and saying hey listen, what is this nonsense of giving Indian domestic cricket an open window?”
The Pakistani cricket team is currently visiting West Indies and two crucial West Indian players, Chris Gayle and Kieron Pollard, are busy playing for the Indian Premier League.
The Lankan, Lasith Malinga, has taken retirement from Test cricket so that he can concentrate more on the shorter version of the game, especially the IPL T20.
Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene are still playing for the lucrative league while their national team is currently in England for an important series.
Greig believes that this influence that India holds is unhealthy for cricket world over.
He went on to share the fact that he loved playing in India, however, he is against them manipulating the system like they are.
"To this day (Kolkata's) Eden Gardens remains one of my top three grounds, just because of the incredible atmosphere,” said Greig.
He was hopeful that the things will be streamlined and the Indian domination will be over soon.
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