Gavaskar meets Speed to discuss column

Sunil Gavaskar met Malcolm Speed in Dubai. The meeting's nature is not known yet but the BCCI had said it would be about Sunny's controversial columns.

updated: April 15, 2008 12:13 IST
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Against the backdrop of reports that he has been removed by ICC as Chairman of its Cricket Committee, former India captain Sunil Gavaskar on Thursday met the world cricket body's chief executive Malcolm Speed in Dubai.

There was no official word on what transpired at the meeting Gavaskar had with Speed. But ahead of the event Indian cricket board secretary Niranjan Shah said that ICC has conveyed to the BCCI that no decision has been taken to remove the former opener from the world cricket body's key committee.

The ICC said the meeting between Gavaskar and Speed followed discussions by the ICC Board last week on the potential for a conflict of interests for a person chairing the cricket committee and at the same time working as a TV commentator.

During India's recent acrimonious tour of Australia, Gavaskar had been scathing in his criticism of the world champions' on-field behaviour and the handling of Sydney racism row by ICC match referee Mike Procter.

Gavaskar had also termed some ICC member countries like England and Australia as "dinosaurs," alleging they could not stomach India's growing clout in the game.

Gavaskar's outbursts did not go down well in some quarters and according to The Times in London, last week's ICC executive committee meeting in Dubai took a unanimous decision to oust the batting great from the cricket committee he has been heading since 2000.

"It was agreed that Sunil will convey his views to the ICC having chaired the upcoming meeting of the ICC Cricket Committee. The ICC Board will review the matter at its next meeting, during ICC Annual Conference week," the ICC said in a statement on Thursday.

The ICC Cricket Committee is scheduled to meet on May 5 and 6 and the ICC Annual Conference week takes place between June 29 and July 4.