Will give Shirke another day to reconsider his resignation,says Dalmiya

The immediate task for the Indian cricket board’s functional head Jagmohan Dalmiya is to appoint a new secretary as Sanjay Jagdale

Written by Express News Service | Kolkata | Published: June 4, 2013 1:18 am

The immediate task for the Indian cricket board’s functional head Jagmohan Dalmiya is to appoint a new secretary as Sanjay Jagdale has informed him that he is not returning to the fold. As far as former treasurer Ajay Shirke is concerned,Dalmiya said that he was ready to wait for “another 24 hours” to help him make up his mind.

Both Jagdale and Shirke resigned,as secretary and treasurer respectively,in protest over the BCCI’s functioning in the wake of Chennai Super Kings official Gurunath Meiyappan’s arrest for his alleged involvement in IPL betting.

“Yesterday,when the interim arrangement was made,both Jagdale and Shirke were not happy. They were requested to reconsider their decision and were given 24 hours. But Jagdale informed today that he was not coming back. I tried to contact Shirke this morning but couldn’t get in touch with him. I will wait for another 24 hours,” said Dalmiya at a press conference here on Monday.

“The process is not very complicated to fill up the vacancies (if Shirke sticks to his stand). The rules are very clear on this,” he added.

The 73-year-old administrator said that he needed to be given more time before talking about the kind of power he would yield. “I’m still trying figure out everything. Not even 24 hours have passed after I was given the charge. We have to wait,” he said. He,however,promised that he would leave no stone unturned.

“Cricket is a gentleman’s game but the dirt has gone down deep. We have to clean up the mess. I’m confident we can do it with everyone’s support.”

There have been talks about banning strategic time-outs,cheergirls and after parties in the IPL. Dalmiya is ready to consider these options.

“These are some possibilities. We have to decide. I don’t have a magic wand. We will consider all options. We will try our best,” he assured. Dalmiya,in consultation with the working committee,will also have to decide who will be the third member of the probe commission,now that Jagdale has refused to return.

“Let me go through the matter. It will be announced soon. It is important that the report gets out.”

Questions have been raised about the legality of his appointment as interim head. “Those are the baseless views of some,” Dalmiya shot back.

Dalmiya said that former BCCI chief I S Bindra did not ask for Srinivasan’s resignation during the meeting. “Bindra never said anything like that in the meeting. At least I have not heard of it. But he has got the right to have his opinion. I don’t want to say anything further on that.”

Things went downhill for the former BCCI president after his faction was ousted from power in 2005. Is this the resurrection?”I have been given a responsibility which I couldn’t avoid. Who knows what lies in the future.”

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