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Vengsarkar gives in, says won't write columns


Posted: Nov 22, 2007 at 1549 hrs IST

New Delhi, November 22:: The stand-off between the Cricket Board and chief selector Dilip Vengsarkar was on Thursday resolved with the former Indian captain giving a "categorical assurance" that he would no longer write columns and defy the gag order.

The BCCI, which was to serve a show cause notice to Vengsarkar for continuing to write columns flouting its directive, decided not to take any action after his climbdown.

Vengsarkar had a long meeting with BCCI President Sharad Pawar and other top officials at the Ferozshah Kotla in New Delhi and the matter was resolved.

"Vengsarkar had a long meeting with president Sharad Pawar and other top BCCI officials and he was now given a categorical assurance that he would no longer write columns, BCCI Vice-President Rajiv Shukla said.

Shukla said since Vengsarkar has given this assurance and the matter has been resolved, the BCCI will no longer serve the show cause notice on him.

On a day of high drama, the BCCI first threatened to issue a show cause to the chief selector for continuing to defy the ban as his columns appeared in Hindi daily Amar Ujala and Marathi paper Sakal.

The BCCI move triggered of the collision that Vengsarkar may quit his post as Chairman of selection committee.

Vengsarkar, who watched the proceedings of the first day's play between India and Pakistan, did not take calls nor interacted with the media at Kotla.

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