Jagmohan Dalmiya is back as India’s cricketing boss, re-emerging as the new president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). He was elected unanimously on Monday, replacing N Srinivasan.
Dalmiya’s name was cleared after Sharad Pawar failed to get an East Zone proposer, prompting him to pull out of the race. Though the embattled Srinivasan had his victory in getting his own man elected as his successor, his camp suffered a huge setback with rival faction’s Anurag Thakur beating Sanjay Patel for the post of secretary at the board’s annual general meeting here.
TC Matthews was elected one of the five vice-presidents, while Amitabh Chaudhary (Jharkhand) and Anirudh Chaudhary (Haryana) were elected joint-secretary and treasurer, respectively. According to sources, Amitabh won a closely fought battle against Chetan Desai and only sailed through after chairman Shivlal Yadav cast his vote.
Anirudh defeated Rajeev Shukla, who was a BCCI vice-president from the central zone. Both Amitabh and Anirudh are Srinivasan loyalists. In all, Srinivasan’s camp has wrested most of the top positions from the Sharad Pawar camp.
Dalmiya, a former head of the International Cricket Council, emerged as the front-runner amid backroom negotiations for votes heightened on Monday. Dalmiya was the consensus candidate among rival factions for BCCI president.
The Supreme Court had barred Srinivasan from standing as a candidate for the BCCI president’s position, although he can cast his vote, following its probe into a betting and fixing scandal surrounding the Indian Premier League (IPL). The court in January found Srinivasan guilty of a conflict of interest for having commercial dealings in the sport by owning an IPL franchise while he was the BCCI chief. Dalmiya had served as ICC president for three years from 1997 to 2000.