Ailing Jagmohan Dalmiya set to be replaced as BCCI president

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Jagmohan Dalmiya : BCCI president
Jagmohan Dalmiya : BCCI president

If the Lodha committee report on IPL 2013 spot- fixing scandal was not enough, there is more trouble heading BCCI’s way. In another twist, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president Jagmohan Dalmiya could be asked to step down on health grounds and the board could have a new chief after the Annual General Meeting in September, according to a report in The Indian Express.

Veteran cricket administrator, Dalmiya, is not keeping well for some time and many BCCI members feel the 75-year-old needs to step down to ensure the smooth functioning of the board, the report said. Former ICC chairman Dalmiya returned for his second stint as BCCI chief following a gap of 10 years, after he was elected unopposed in March.

According to the report, BCCI officials will ask Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley  to request Dalmiya to step down. Jaitley is a legal eagle and his voice is widely respected in the BCCI.  According to media reports, Dalmiya had contested the BCCI  president polls only on Jaitley’s insistence .

As per the BCCI rules, the president’s term is for three years and a new president can take over only if the current chief steps down and fresh elections are held. Maharashtra Cricket Association president and former board treasurer, Ajay Shirke, could emerge as one of the front runners for the post in case Dalmiya steps down, the report claimed. Shirke, considered a close confidante of Maratha stalwart NCP chief  and former BCCI and ICC  president Sharad Pawar, has a clean image and is respected by all board members..

Dalmiya was the consensus candidate for president back in March, when both the Sharad Pawar camp and the Srinivasan camp touted him as their man when he was elected. Now, four months later, they are already looking to replace him, claiming he is unfit for the job.   At a working committee meeting in Kolkata, a few days back,  BCCI members were surprised to see Dalmiya’s son Avishek running the day-to-day affairs of the board .

Last month, reports of the Lodha Committee questioning who was in charge of the BCCI after they found Dalmiya unable to speak clearly and needing his son to interpret his answers for him. This had forced the SC to question as to who is running the richest cricket Board in the World,  when it stated : “If this is the physical and mental condition of the BCCI president at present, did those who elected him three months not know about this?,” the committee said. “If the physical and mental condition of the president has deteriorated so much in recent times, then who is running the affairs of the richest cricket body?”

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