Special Correspondent

Chennai: Despite talks of a prolonged tussle between the BCCI and the ICC on the Members' Participation Agreement (MPA) issue, the Indian Board secretary, Niranjan Shah, is optimistic about finding a solution sooner than later.

He told The Hindu on Monday, "I keep hearing talks about a confrontation. But why should that be the case? We have informed the ICC about the changes we seek in the MPA and have explained the reasons.

"I am sure both sides can find the right path through a proper dialogue.

There is no question of one side seeking to intimidate the other." In this context, the ICC executive body meeting scheduled in Mumbai in the first week of November assumes significance.

Said Shah, "So far, I have not heard anything back from the ICC after we sent our reply. The MPA is likely to be in the agenda during the meeting."

Telecast rights

On the BCCI bidding for the telecast rights of the ICC events for an eight-year period after the 2007 World Cup, Mr. Shah said, "We have sought certain details from the ICC before making the bid. Once we receive them, we should go ahead."

The ICC Development International has restricted the bidding to `broadcasters and agencies.'

The BCCI can get that ruling overturned provided it is able to garner sufficient number of votes at least seven out of 10.

"The issues relating to bidding could also be discussed at the meeting, but the MPA will come first."

With the 2011 World Cup to be held in the sub-continent India is one of the co-hosts the ICC meeting in Mumbai could set the tone for subsequent developments.

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