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ICC Is Under BCCI's Thumb, Says Arjun Ranatunga

Colombo, Jun 1: In a scathing attack on the BCCI, former Sri Lanka captain Arjuna Ranatunga said the Indian Board's financial might has turned the ICC into a “toothless tiger” and called the IPL a

PTI [ Updated: June 01, 2011 22:56 IST ]
icc is under bcci s thumb says arjun ranatunga
icc is under bcci s thumb says arjun ranatunga

Colombo, Jun 1: In a scathing attack on the BCCI, former Sri Lanka captain Arjuna Ranatunga said the Indian Board's financial might has turned the ICC into a “toothless tiger” and called the IPL a “monster” that will destroy international cricket.


Ranatunga, who led Sri Lanka to the 1996 World Cup triumph, said the ICC has become a body which is constantly under the BCCI's pressure.

”The ICC's job is to protect the game. They don't have to favour anyone. The game has been nurtured by honourable men of the ICC for decades, but at present, ICC looks to be under the thumb of India,” Ranatunga told ‘The Island.'

”Not too long ago we had individuals like Malcolm Speed, Eshan Mani and Malcolm Grey who stood against India. But the current ICC is weak and they simply give in. The ICC is becoming a toothless tiger,” he said. PTI

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