Anil Kumble,Biswal names do rounds for secretary post

Kumble might take over as secretary of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).

Written by Devendra Pandey | Mumbai | Published: June 4, 2013 1:19:53 am

Former India captain Anil Kumble might take over as secretary of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). After Sanjay Jagdale refused to withdraw his resignation,BCCI bigwigs have zeroed in on Kumble’s name,with another former cricketer in Ranjib Biswal also in contention for the post.

Kumble has been Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA) president for more than two years and many members feel he is the right man for the job. After the IPL-spot fixing fiasco and the drama surrounding BCCI president N Srinivasan’s future,the Indian board is looking for former cricketers of high stature to rescue their image. BCCI joint secretary Anurag Thakur,it is learnt,is not keen on a promotion,since he is busy with his political commitments.

“Anil Kumble has a great reputation as a cricketer and administrator. He has been president of the KSCA for a while now and has always worked for the betterment of the game. Having him as BCCI secretary will be a great help to Indian cricket. We are yet to speak to him,but we are hopeful he takes the job,” a top BCCI official told The Indian Express.

Post international retirement,Kumble has been wearing different hats in the BCCI and the International Cricket Council (ICC). He has been the BCCI technical committee chief,the ICC cricket committee chairman and the KSCA president. The BCCI will try to convince him to fill the vacancy for the next two months.

“We want him to take this responsibility,and hope that he does. Like he rescued the Indian team many times during his playing days,we hope he will do the same as an administrator,” the source added. Biswal,who is travelling with the Indian team for the Champions Trophy in England,is another strong contender. The Orissa Cricket Association president was tipped to become secretary earlier too but some other East Zone members had then opposed the idea. “East Zone had opposed his appointment during the last election. It will be very tough for him until any compromise formula is reached,” said another source close to the development.

With Jagmohan Dalmiya,the man in charge for day-to-day affairs after Srinivasan stepped aside,giving Ajay Shirke another day to reconsider his resignation from the post of BCCI treasurer,it waits to be seen if the Maharashtra Cricket Association president will change his mind.

If Shirke sticks to his decision,Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) president Ravi Savant and IPL governing council member Sanjay Patel will be in the fray for the post.

Even Srinivasan had wanted Savant,a chartered accountant,to take the job. In a casual chat a few days ago,Srinivasan had requested Savant to take up the task in Shirke’s absence. But the veteran administrator didn’t give him any concrete answer then.

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