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Gavaskar meets Speed in Dubai

March 26, 2008 19:27 IST

Under-pressure to quit his post as Chairman of the ICC Cricket Committee, former India captain Sunil Gavaskar on Wednesday met ICC Chief Executive Malcolm Speed in Dubai.

Also read: BCCI statement on Gavaskar

Confirming Gavaskar's meeting with Speed, the ICC said, "The meeting followed discussions by the ICC Board last week concerning the potential for a conflict of interest for a person chairing the cricket committee while, at the same time, working for a media outlet."

Despite being the Chairman of the elite panel, Gavaskar had lambasted ICC Match Referee Mike Procter for the South African's allegedly poor handling of the racism row during India's tour of Australia earlier this year.

He 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.

His scathing criticism did not amuse some who felt there was a conflict of interest in his dual role as the head of the committee and a cricket commentator and columnist.

Media reports in London claimed ICC, in its recent executive meeting in Dubai, had unanimously decided to oust Gavaskar from the panel.

"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 Wednesday.

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.

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