New Delhi: With Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president N. Srinivasan refusing to resign in the emergent meeting of the working committee on Sunday, the Board members turned to one of its oldest administrators — Jagmohan Dalmiya — to become the chief of the interim arrangement till the probe on the spot-fixing fiasco is completed.
For a man who has seen it all, having held the top posts at the ICC and the BCCI, becoming the chief of the working group shouldn’t mean much. And yet, this appointment does give off the feeling of personal victory for Dalmiya.
He was thrown out of the BCCI in 2006 on grounds of misappropriation of funds during the 1996 World Cup in India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
From that low point — where Dalmiya and the Board fought a battle in court — to this is nothing but life coming full circle. He was a pariah, accused of fraud, but has now been passed the mantle at a time when the Board is going through what some say is its worst-ever crisis.
Speaking to MAIL TODAY from Kolkata, just before a meeting to decide on his future course of action, Dalmiya made it clear that his sole motive is to clean up the image of the BCCI. “The job has only begun. Although I don’t have any specific timeline, the road ahead is tough and my sole motive is to clear the image of the board."
“Those accountable won’t be saved as saving the guilty isn’t my job. It is time to get Indian cricket back on track. It will take some time and I wouldn’t want to rush things either,” the 73-year-old businessman and administrator said.
“In the meeting on (Sunday), Arun Jaitley and Rajeev Shukla, among others, asked me to take up the mantle from here on and I couldn’t shy away from it. In the next two days, we will decide on the new inquiry commission since Sanjay Jagdale has refused to withdraw his resignation."
"The two judges will remain the same.”
Dalmiya refused to look at his tussle with the Board in the past. “I don’t want to think about what happened in 2006, all I can say is that I proved my innocence. I don’t know if it is a win or loss scenario and I don’t want to indulge into it,” he said.
Though Dalmiya did confess that I.S. Bindra brought up the question of Srinivasan’s resignation, he refused to believe that the meeting was a sham.
“I think it is the media’s view that the meeting is a sham. I don’t really agree to that. And yes, Bindra did bring up the question of Srinivasan’s resignation, but there wasn’t enough support for him. Just one person asking isn’t how things work. Also, from what I understood in the meeting, it was a little too early to ask for his resignation,” he revealed.
But Dalmiya thinks it would have helped if Jagdale and Shirke hadn’t resigned at this point of time.
“While Jagdale has refused to return, we haven’t been able to contact Shirke. I feel they are very experienced and it would have helped us if they were with us in our endeavour to get Indian cricket back on track,” he said.
Sachin Tendulkar had said about his 40th birthday that age is just a number, and Dalmiya echoed the sentiments when asked if he would work from Kolkata or travel to the BCCI headquarters in Mumbai, considering that he wasn’t getting any younger.
“I can’t confirm anything as of now as to whether I will head the group from Kolkata. I will work as the situation demands and am open to travelling if the situation arises,” he said.
Reproduced From Mail Today. Copyright 2013. MTNPL. All rights reserved.