ICC chief lambasts Zee TV's racism allegations on cricket rights

The International Cricket Council (ICC) chief executive David Richards has labelled Zee TV's allegations that the council was racist in its decision awarding telecast rights to its tournaments to the World Sports Group/News Corp consortoium as "ridiculous."

In an interview to air on ESPN's Inside Cricket Richards has said that the racism allegation can be shown to be demonstrably untrue. "The ICC is made up of people from all over the world of cricket, from many different cultures, from many different backgrounds, but all with a common love for cricket," he is believed to have said during the interview. "And there are constituencies within that grouping of member nations from all over the world. It's just too easy and trite to say that this group did this or that group did something else. The decision taken by the group was, I say, on commercial grounds and it was in the best interests of the long term development of international cricket in all parts of the world."

Richards also pointed out that there was no indication of any rebel tour being started by Asian member nations of the ICC. "They are all responsible organisations and all are key members of the ICC. So if there were any suggestions of breakaway cricket teams or tours that would not be done through the official boards."

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