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The PCB re-evaluates its policy of blindly backing the BCCI

Pak Board Stiff
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The most recent manifestations were Jagmohan Dalmiya going out on a limb using his authority as then ICC chairman to throw the ban on Shoaib Akhtar out of the window and Pakistan first standing firmly behind the BCCI on the Mike Denness affair, following it up with mediation between Dalmiya, Speed and Gray through Ehsan Mani, the next ICC chairman.

But it seems the era of unstinted support is now over, as, perhaps with some prompting from the government, there has ostensibly been a re-evaluation of the policy. This means that the PCB will, from now on, look at every issue separately, and then decide whether to support the BCCI or take an independent position, based on its own interests and not just close ranks on regional lines in the ICC. This was quite evident in the latest stand-off between Dalmiya and the ICC regarding the constitution of the committee to review Denness' action, as PCB neither took a public stand nor made any behind-the-scenes efforts to defuse the situation.

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