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Test status to Bangladesh a mistake

In a startling admission, outgoing ICC President Ehsan Mani has said awarding Test status to Bangladesh was a mistake.

July 1, 2006, 6:08 PM IST
Test status to Bangladesh a mistake

Dubai: In a startling admission, outgoing ICC President Ehsan Mani has said awarding Test status to Bangladesh was a mistake.

"The mistake we (the ICC) made in the past - we should be honest enough to accept and learn from them - is the way that countries like Zimbabwe and Bangladesh were brought into Test cricket," said Mani who hands over the reins to South African Percy Sonn on July 7.

"They became Test-playing nations on the strength of ODI performances and that was wrong. We should've given them more support in terms of playing more of the longer version of the game," he said in an interview.

On ICC's differences with BCCI on issues like ICC Champions Trophy and sponsorships, Mani said it was due to communication gap and all the issues had been sorted out now.

"There was change within BCCI last year and some statements coming out gave the impression that there was a difference in views and there was.

"I put that down to a lack of communication between the new board and ourselves. As I sat down with them and worked through issues with them, it became clear to them how the ICC worked and they realised what the ICC was saying was really part of the decisions taken by countries including

India.

"Once they got over that and there was better trust and understanding, you've seen in recent months things have eased off," Mani said.

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