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Mani accuses BCCI of playing politics
Tuesday 28 June 2011

Former International Cricket Council president Ehsan Mani has accused the Board of Control for Cricket in India of playing politics with Pakistan thanks to their enormous financial clout.

"India has become cricket's biggest commercial market in the last 15 years and unfortunately their present board is using this financial clout to play politics, particularly with Pakistan," Mani said in an interview to Radio Deutsche Welle.

Mani cited examples like Pakistan losing hosting rights for the 2011 World Cup, the forced exclusion of Pakistani players from the IPL and CLT20 and the continued refusal of the Indian board to play in Pakistan as the BCCI exerting its dominance over its near neighbours.

"The present Indian board has isolated Pakistan in international cricket," alleged Mani.

The former ICC President, however, admitted that the PCB itself was responsible for the existing situation and its continued isolation in world cricket.

"The PCB, because of its wrong policies while dealing with other boards and its continued strife with its own players, has inflicted self damage. Gone are the days when PCB carried influence and say in the ICC matters," he said.

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