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Thursday, September 22, 2005


When I was in Mumbai earlier this year, a member of the BCCI admin, who I met for a casual lunch, told me that Sharad Pawar would become the next Board president, 2005-2006 on. I was sceptical -- mostly because that would mean a complete shift in power, and the emasculation of Jagmohan Dalmiya in particular, and I didn't see how JD would give up without one heck of a fight.
'Oh, it's a done deal,' was what the BCCI guy, who incidentally is a voting member, told me then; 'carved in stone, no chance of anything else happening.' He wouldn't elaborate.
This story finally tells me why:
According to PTI, Abdullah claimed that "A good consensus was worked out 15 days back. It was decided that Mahendra will continue for another year following which Pawar would take over the reigns in 2006. The Dalmiya group initially agreed to it but later went back on its word and said that they wanted Mahendra to be in the post till he completed his three-year tenure."

Leads me to suspect that some similar compromise formula must have been attempted last time around -- on the lines of you let me win this one, and I'll let you win the next. Neat -- democracy without the fuss and muss of counting heads.


  • Prem
    dalmiya will never let go...he would be there till we drape his body in national flag

    By Blogger tombaan, at 11:19  

  • would rather in a body bag.....

    By Blogger Sriram Vanamamalai, at 11:23  

  • Has this issue of one person being able to cast multiple votes been ever present or is this a recent occurrence? What about the past when the like of Scindia, Salve and Dungarpur were Presidents - were they also allowed to cast extra votes and more importantly is this factionalism a recent thing or has it always been like that? If latter, then why the brouhaha now?

    By Blogger Tiger, at 11:23  

  • tiger - it was not OK then and its not OK now! Just because it was done then we should accept that it can still be done?

    By Blogger Gopalblog, at 11:25  

  • dalmiya wears multiple hats I dont think this guys did

    By Blogger tombaan, at 11:25  

  • tiger, I think previous heads have disqualified clubs from voting (which Dalmiya did). As far as I know, nobody has ever voted 4 times.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:30  

  • Prem, how did Jaggu get into this business? I remember reading somewhere that he was a contractor before. Wonder if he was soo disturbed by the state of affairs in Indian cricket that he decided to "sacrifice" himself for the poor people.
    Also, how are selectors chosen? Does each zone elect their own representative?

    By Blogger Toney, at 11:31  

  • where is Bindra in this whole drama -- hes the only hope for this country's cricket.

    By Blogger Arjun Swarup, at 11:34  

  • arjun, he's in the pawar faction. Actually, what I'm curious about is how bindra and pawar got together, and how much ability Bindra will have to carry out his reforms if they do win.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:40  

  • One question - if all the office bearers of the BCCI are 'honorary'.. then how are they do they 'benefit financially' - I mean whats the motivation to become a BCCI president, if you arent going to make a few crores? Aside from the few days of 5 star accomodation and halwa-puri that they get to eat attending all these committee meetings etc..

    By Blogger Tiger, at 11:44  

  • tiger, other than the crores that they allegedly make, I remember reading about the exhorbitant amounts they spent on buying gifts of dried fruit and other "necessary" items for each other and friends. Just indicates the kind of lifestyle these honourary members have...

    By Blogger Toney, at 11:48  

  • Tiger Do the math Its all in the lucrative deals with the Hotels , Sponsorship Telecast rights etc etc and oh ofcourse you should be a real good and know how to cook the books.

    By Blogger Sriram Vanamamalai, at 11:48  

  • toney: JD was, still is, in the construction business. He came through the ranks -- was a joint secretary in the CAB, then secretary, and stood for election for the national post, became board secretary in the Bindra regime and the rest, as the cliche goes, is history.
    Each zone gets to nominate who it wants on the panel, so there is no real 'selection'. Zones nominate their reps on the basis of who they think will 'best represent their interests' -- which obviously means you have built zonal bias into your selection process right there.
    The joke is, I once asked Lele and Dalmiya about this -- why zonal selection, I asked; why not a panel comprised of ex-cricketers, who are fully paid professionals appointed for two, or better still longer, terms?
    The response was a classic: Oh, only a selector from that zone will know who the players are from that area.
    Yeah, right -- I was like, boss, can you tell me the last zonal match a national selector attended?
    Anyways, cest la selection vie. Got to do some work, be right back

    By Blogger Prem Panicker, at 12:12  

  • Prem they do excellent work hence a patel gets pickd and mongai dropped with no reason given for it. vijay dahiya god knows where he is ...zonal is the way to go maan

    By Blogger tombaan, at 12:37  

  • Borad's meeting breaks up in acrimony -

    so, all the drama has started!

    By Blogger Anand K, at 12:58  

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