India to oppose expulsion of Zimbabwe: Report

The BCCI will oppose Zimbabwe's expulsion from the ICC at the annual meeting in Dubai next week.

updated: July 02, 2008 17:26 IST
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The BCCI will oppose Zimbabwe's expulsion from the International Cricket Council at the ICC annual meeting in Dubai next week, a decision that would put the Indian Board on collision course with its counterparts in South Africa and England.

A 'Daily Telegraph' report quoted an unnamed BCCI official as saying that the Indian Board "was still behind Zimbabwe and would not support any motion to throw them out of the ICC" at the meeting on Wednesday.

Earlier, Cricket South Africa was the first to suspend its bilateral ties with Zimbabwe. England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) followed suit by scrapping a proposed tour by Zimbabwe next year.

The ECB wants to strip Zimbabwe of ODI status, which would bar the African nation from appearing at the World Twenty20 Championship in England next year.

ECB fears that Zimbabwe's presence would almost certainly prevent the tournament from going ahead as the British government is unlikely to issue visas for Zimbabwean cricketers.

In that case, ICC would be forced to strip England of the lucrative competition and award it to the back-up venue, Canada.

"The Indian board were steadfast in their refusal to back moves to isolate Zimbabwe from the world game, leaving the England and Wales Cricket Board fighting a delicate political game ahead," the report in the newspaper said.

ECB Chairman Giles Clarke met his Indian counterpart Sharad Pawar, who was at Lord's to attend the commemoration dinner of India's 1983 World Cup final victory, and the BCCI chief had described their discussions on Zimbabwe as "detailed on every aspect."

David Morgan, who will become ICC chief at the end of the ICC meeting, while supporting action against Zimbabwe, had acknowledged that India's stand would be vital on the issue.

"It will be a very difficult discussion. India and Zimbabwe are close and India's position is crucial in all this, for sure," the Englishman had said.