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BCCI wielding too much power on world cricket: Holding

Last updated on: July 06, 2011 09:48 IST

Former West Indies fast bowler Michael Holding has slammed India for wielding its power on international cricket and dictating terms to the rest of the world.

"I have no sympathy with India," said Holding during the MCC Spirit of Cricket Cowdrey Lecture delivered by Sri Lanka's Kumar Sangakkara at Lord's on Tuesday.

"They have too much power. I do not believe any country should be able to dictate to the rest of the world," added Holding.

Michael HoldingWorld champions India have emerged as one of the most powerful cricket playing nations and financial hubs because of the massive fanbase considering it is also the world's second most populous country.

The Indian team is also the number one Test side and with its growing power, there have been concerns that BCCI has been arm-twisting the ICC in various matters, the latest being the Umpire Decision Review System.

Holding said no board should become bigger than the governing body and only the ICC has the right to dictate terms to its members.

"In the Caribbean we have been fans of Brazilian football for many years. Brazil has dominated many World Cups. But they could never go to FIFA and say 'this is what we want'. They could never dictate the path of the sport," Holding said.

"Only the organisation that runs the sport should dictate its path. Individual boards are dictating certain things and that's something I can't agree with," he added.

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