Indian board withdraws show cause notice November 22, 2007

Vengsarkar not to write columns

Cricinfo staff

Dilip Vengsarkar gave "categorical assurance" that he would no longer write columns and defy the gag order © Cricinfo Ltd.

Dilip Vengsarkar, the chairman of India's selectors, has given the Indian board (BCCI) a "categorical assurance" that he will no longer write columns for any publication.

The BCCI had decided to serve a show-cause notice on Vengsarkar for defying an official gag by continuing to write his weekly column and giving an interview to Bombay Times, a Mumbai-based newspaper, but will not take any action after Vengsarkar's statement.

The matter was resolved during the first day's play of the Feroz Shah Kotla Test between India and Pakistan. "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," Rajiv Shukla, a BCCI vice-president, told PTI.

Initially, the BCCI had threatened to issue a show cause to the Vengsarkar for continuing to defy the ban as his columns appeared in a Marathi paper, Sakal, and Hindi daily, Amar Ujala. There was speculation that Vengsarkar may even quit his post, but that is not the case now.