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Iím against ICC: Akram
12/9/2005
 

          BANGALORE, Dec 8 (BDNEWS): Former Pakistan cricket captain Wasim Akram criticised the International Cricket Council saying it had dominance of former "white" cricketers, who made little mark during their careers.
"I am against ICC. The reason is it's run by all the "goras" (whites). Passion is here (in India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka), money is here and talent is here. All the cricketers who get retired after playing two matches... They work for ICC. From Pakistan, Sri Lanka, nobody gets there (to ICC)," Akram said.
The former fast bowler, who was here to attend a promotional meet last night, said that was the reason why he was always keen on helping cricketers from India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, who seek tips to improve their skills.
Akram also supported Sourav Ganguly, who was involved in an ugly spat with Indian coach Greg Chappell.
"Right now, Indian team has a problem. Coach (Chappell) took everything. He (Chappell) is there to help the skipper, not sack the skipper. That's what his job is. He (coach) is the captain's help; not to be in front of the captain," he said.
On the bilateral series between India and Pakistan, he said, pressure builds up on both sides of the border much before the action begins and rates it was more than the Ashes series (between England and Australia), wire service report.
"It evokes tremendous excitement and so much interest that sometimes even office functioning in many parts of the two countries comes to a standstill. During the Ashes series, people might only be glued to their television sets."
"The Ashes series between England and Australia is no comparison," Akram said.

 

 
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