Move afoot to ‘request’ ailing Jagmohan Dalmiya to step down as BCCI chief

BCCI officials, who are aware of the development, say they will ask Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley to request Dalmiya to step down.

Written by Devendra Pandey | Mumbai | Updated: July 16, 2015 1:11 pm
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The BCCI could have a new president after its Annual General Meeting in September, with many board members expected to request Jagmohan Dalmiya to step down on health grounds.

Dalmiya, a veteran administrator, hasn’t been keeping well for a while, and many in the BCCI feel the 75-year-old needs to step down to ensure the smooth running of the board.

Dalmiya returned as BCCI chief after a gap of 10 years when he was elected unopposed in March.

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BCCI officials, who are aware of the development, say they will ask Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley to request Dalmiya to step down.

In case Dalmiya steps down, Maharashtra Cricket Association president Ajay Shirke, who has served as the board’s treasurer before, could emerge as one of the strong candidates for the post, said sources.

“Technically, Anurag (Thakur) is working both as president and secretary in BCCI at the moment. An institution like the BCCI needs someone who is completely fit. We all know what Dalmiya has done for Indian cricket, but looking at his health, we all feel he should step down. The BCCI will be hosting the ICC T20 World Cup next year and there are many more important decisions to be taken in the months to come,” a senior BCCI offical told The Indian Express.

Many board members were surprised after Dalmiya’s son Avishek recently started looking after the BCCI’s day-to-day affairs. Those who attended the working committee meeting of the board in Kolkata a few weeks ago felt sorry for Dalmiya’s health, said officials.

As per the BCCI rules, the president’s term is for three years — a new president can take over only if the current chief steps down and fresh elections are called for.

But sources said only Jaitley can make Dalmiya step down.

“Dalmiya will only listen to Jaitley. Even before the last elections, Dalmiya had made it clear that he would follow whatever Jaitley said,” sources said.

Shirke, who is considered close to NCP chief Sharad Pawar, has a clean image and is well-respected among all board members.

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    Satendra kumar
    Jul 16, 2015 at 1:45 pm
    BCCI should be governed by it's policy and countries laws and all those shareholders without any obligation with cricket board.
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    TIHAEwale
    Jul 16, 2015 at 8:12 am
    The fact Shirke, who is considered close to NCP chief Sharad Pawar, has a clean image and is well-respected among all board members, itself is sufficient to confirm nothing will change in BCCI
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    Dipak
    Jul 16, 2015 at 8:33 am
    Dal is, it's time to go. Enough money is made illegally. Let cricket be honest sport. Take Sharad Pawar with you.
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    Dr J
    Jul 16, 2015 at 1:11 pm
    new blood to take charge of BCCI
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    Srinivas
    Jul 16, 2015 at 6:45 pm
    Sorry **its son
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    Srinivas
    Jul 16, 2015 at 6:43 pm
    WTF.. why is his sun managing day to day activities? This is not a private run compnay. "Many board members were surprised after Dalmiya’s son Avishek recently started looking after the BCCI’s day-to-day affairs" I wonder if BCCI would ever learn to behave as an organization.
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    Konviktion
    Jul 16, 2015 at 5:42 pm
    I know his presence in BCCI will create hurdle for those self interest groups those who are only sticking around BCCI for their personal interests. I am sure no MANITION will withstand in front of this Cricket Supremo. If he is ill he can have his chosen representatives who will be as loyal and efficient and never go against the interest of Cricket. The very time the changes are taking place under BCCI, its irrelevant to remove him as a President. I believe there will be strong opinion against this. As a cricket lover we are deprived of quality cricket for a longer period of time. Cricket is not business its a game which should be pla with utter dedication. I don't believe anybody other than Sri Dalmiya would understand where the future of modern Cricket is standing if it is pla with the same rhythm. Sri Dalmiya cannot be removed from BCCI.
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    Konviktion
    Jul 16, 2015 at 5:26 pm
    There is no subsute of Sri Jagmohan Dalmiya so far BCCI is concerned. I suggest keep an action committee under him and under his supervision because he has still to give a lot to Indian Cricket and new format of Franchise Business in Cricket......he can still guide how to mix the appropriate proportion of Cricket and entertainment so far New Age Games are concerned. It will be a ber if he will step down seriously now so many changes are taking places and the chaos are getting cleared so at this time his absence will be a big loss.
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