Mohali: On a day when Sharad Pawar was elected the new president of the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) much to the dismay of the BCCI president N. Srinivasan, there was more bad news for the Board chief.
Even as Pawar found his way back into the Board, old friends-turned-foes I.S. Bindra, the Punjab Cricket Association president, and Jagmohan Dalmiya, the Cricket Association of Bengal president, are set to reunite in an endeavour to bring an end to Srinivasan’s dictatorship.
Joining hands with the two stalwarts will be new MCA boss Pawar and Shashank Manohar.
The alliance of former BCCI chiefs does raise eyebrows as it is no secret that Pawar was the man who had thrown Dalmiya out of the Board in 2005 while Bindra and the CAB boss have not seen eye-to-eye in the recent past.
Pawar’s decision to return to MCA was seen as his gateway to the BCCI as the MCA president gets direct entry into the working committee of the Board.
If sources are to be believed, it was Manohar and Bindra who had convinced Pawar that he needs to return to the Board as there aren’t too many people who have the guts to stand up and confront Srinivasan.
With the national elections scheduled in 2014, Delhi and District Cricket Association president Arun Jaitley would be busy with the party work and Pawar seemed to have kept that in mind while filing his nomination for the MCA president’s post.
While Dalmiya is believed to be pro-Srinivasan, the BCCI annual general meeting in Chennai last month saw Srinivasan giving Dalmiya a royal ignore as he gave away all the top posts to his near and dear ones.
Not only was Dalmiya — the interim president after Srinivasan stepped aside after revelation of the spot-fixing in IPL VI – not given any prime position, none of the other CAB members were given any position of worth either and that has irked the CAB. Speaking to Mail Today, Biswarup Dey, CAB treasurer, made it clear that CAB was no longer aligned with Srinivasan and it was in the best interest of the CAB that the new alliance is formed.
“We as individuals don’t have any personal motive, but it is very important that we do what is best for the CAB. The days of CAB standing by Srinivasan is a thing of the past as we didn’t get what we had expected from the BCCI chief, even though we stood by him during his darkest phase,” he revealed.
When questioned whether it also meant that CAB would forget the relation that Dalmiya shared with Pawar, Dey said: “It isn’t necessary that if you were enemies or had a sour relation at some point in time, you can’t shake hands in the future.”
In fact, if another senior CAB official is to be believed, it was Bindra who had sent G.S. Walia to meet CAB officials regarding the alliance.
“Walia had come to Kolkata and we spoke about the current state of the BCCI and how things could be changed for the better. So it was decided that if these four men could join hands, the image of the BCCI could finally be restored,” he said.
It is due to this secret plan that while Bindra congratulated Pawar on his election, he was quick to add that what happened with Dalmiya — at the AGM — was very sad — a rarity, considering the relations the two have shared in the past.
“I am very happy that Pawar is back at the helm at the MCA. It looks like finally we will have some opposition against Srinivasan in the BCCI. But what happened to Dalmiya is uncalled for. This is not how a democracy should work,” he said.
Reproduced from Mail Today. Copyright 2013. MTNPL. All rights reserved.
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