After over a decade, veteran cricket administrator Jagmohan Dalmiya is set to return as chief of the Indian cricket board at the BCCI annual general meeting (AGM) in Chennai on Monday, apparently backed by N. Srinivasan’s faction.
The former International Cricket Council (ICC) president has emerged as a consensus candidate between the two rival factions of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), which is dominated by rival factions headed by N. Srinivasan and former ICC president and ex-minister Sharad Pawar.
Both have unanimously opted for the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) president as their candidate for the election. Dalmiya filed his nomination with support from CAB, the National Cricket Club in Kolkata and four other associations from the east zone. He was reportedly visited by both factions who asked him to contest for the position of the BCCI president.
Srinivasan was barred by the Supreme Court from contesting the election following the Indian Premier League (IPL) spot fixing scam. He can only vote, when required, as a nominee of the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA).
Not new to BCCI, Jagmohan Dalmiya earned reputation as “the master of comebacks”. In 2013, the 73-year-old businessman from Kolkata emerged as the sole choice to be BCCI interim president following the spot-fixing scandal involving N. Srinivasan.
Otherwise, Dalmiya joined the BCCI in 1979 and was its president from the mid-1990s to 2005. Dalmiya has kept his grip on the BCCI despite several hiccups in the past. It remains to be seen whose toe will Dalmiya follow in this term.
In between, nomination papers for other positions in the board have also been filed. The Srinivasan camp has nominated Sanjay Patel, Anirudh Chaudhry and Amitabh Chaudhary for the posts of secretary, treasurer and joint secretary, respectively.
It is learnt that the Pawar contingent has nominated Anurag Thakur for secretary, Rajiv Shukla for treasurer and Chetan Desai for the post of joint secretary.