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BCCI president Jagmohan Dalmiya hospitalised

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Kolkata: As revealed by hospital sources on late Thursday, BCCI president Jagmohan Dalmiya was hospitalised after he complained of chest pain.

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The 75-year-old was admitted to the city’s BM Birla Hospital. “He complained of severe chest pain and now has been put in the Intensive Care Unit. Doctors are constantly monitoring his condition. He was brought in at around 9 PM on Thursday,” a hospital spokesperson told IANS.

In a medical bulletin, it was later revealed that Dalmiya underwent ‘coronary angiography’. “Multiple lesions were observed with total occlusion of the left anterior descending coronary artery,” the bulletin stated.

Doctors said he was “being closely monitored in the coronary critical care unit.” It also mentioned that he was brought to the hospital almost six hours after the onset of chest pain. The veteran cricket administrator has not been keeping well for a while and was not actively taking part in the day-to-day functioning of the Board of Control for Cricket in India.

When he was being hospitalised, son Abhishek Dalmiya was reportedly by his side. Later, Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) officials including former India captain and CAB joint secretary Sourav Ganguly and treasurer Biswaroop Dey rushed to the private hospital. Sports and Youth affairs minister Arup Biswas visited the hospital.

Dalmiya took over the reins of BCCI in March, after a gap of 10 years, when he won the elections unopposed.
But he has been suffering since then, and his health deteriorated further over the last few weeks.
(With inputs from IANS)

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Manohar becomes new BCCI boss, pledges transparency

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Mumbai:  Shashank Manohar took over the reins of the Board of Control for Cricket in India at a Special General Meeting (SGM) of the board on Sunday. Assuming office, he pledged to cleanse corruption, ensure transparency and restore the board’s lost reputation.

The BCCI chief’s post was lying vacant since incumbent Jagmohan Dalmiya died in Kolkata on September 20, and the SGM was called to choose the new president. As per the BCCI constitution, a SGM to nominate a successor has to be convened within 15 days of the incumbent chief’s death.

Manohar, a lawyer by profession, earlier held the top post from 2008 to 2011. The 58-year-old was elected for a full two-year term as all the six East Zone cricket units unanimously proposed his candidature for the board president’s post.

It was East Zone’s turn this time around to pick the president, and all six associations of the zone proposed Manohar’s name. As he was the lone candidate in the fray, Manohar was elected for the second tenure.

Among the six proposers of Manohar’s name was Dalmiya’s son Avishek, who was representing the National Cricket Club (NCC) in the SGM.

The others backing Manohar for the board chief’s post were Sourav Ganguly from Bengal, Sourav Dasgupta from Tripura, Gautam Roy from Assam, Ashirbad Behera of Odisha, and Sanjay Singh of the Jharkhand State Cricket Association (JSCA).

“We have to work on a couple of issues regarding the board and bring back the reputation back as early as possible. I need two months’ time, in which I will look into all the aspects,” Manohar told reporters at a press conference after being elected the president.”

“I will continue to work on the issues Dalmiya had started working on. I will look to do my duty as best as possible,” he added.

“The first thing would be as functions of the interest issue of the BCCI. The board will frame regulations with regard to function of interest of administrators and their staffs that would be done within a month’s time.”

“The board would also appoint an imbursement, for an ethics officer, who would be independent of their post and who would look into the complaints as regard to the conflicts of the administrator, players and their staffs,” he said.

The newly elected president stressed that his second aim would be to wipe away and prevent corruption from the game.

“Secondly, the board would lay down the norms and would take measures to prevent and wipe away corruption in the game. For this, the board will make programmes to educate the players.”

Manohar said, “Also with the help of secretary Thakur, who is a member of parliament, we would like to meet the government officials to see and work out if we can get any investigating agency, as we did not have investigative powers, our hands were tied.”

His third item on the agenda in the upcoming months would be to keep a track of the state associations and appoint an independent auditor from the board who would look into their works.

“Thirdly, there is a huge debate that the state associations are being paid a huge amount of money and nobody knows what happens to the money, if it is spent on cricketing activities or something else,” he said.”

“Now the accounts of all the associations are audited by their auditors. However, we will build a system by which the accounts of the associations will be audited by an independent auditor appointed by the board. The board will have the right to take action against the associations if the board finds the money given is not being used in proper was,” Manohar said.

The BCCI chief also said that the board will put up its rules and regulations along with details of its expenditure on its website in order to ensure transparency.

“There is another debate that arises… that the board is not transparent and everything is kept under the wrap. This problem could be sorted out by putting on the website of the board, the constitution of the board, all rules of board, all expenses made by the board above Rs.25 lakh, so that people are aware what and where BCCI is spending the money,” he mentioned.

“At the end of the year, we can put the balance sheet of the board on the website, so it is available to the entire public. There is no wrong done in the board,” he said.

Speaking on National Cricket Academy (NCA) and women’s cricket in India, he said, “we will make sure National Cricket Academy works round the year and helps bring out good players and spinners. We will also focus on women’s cricket and develop it, and we will enter into contracts with women cricketers also.”

Manohar has had his fair share of differences with former board chief N. Srinivasan, but made it clear that he holds the Tamil Nadu strongman’s administrative abilities in high esteem.

“If Srinivasan attends the Annual General Meeting, he will come in as a member. As far Srinivasan is concerned, he was an excellent secretary, better than most of the other secretaries. He can be said as the best secretary after Dalmiya,” he said.

Speaking on renewal of India-Pakistan cricket, the new BCCI president said the final decision rests with the governments of the two countries and not just their cricket boards.

“Decision on India-Pakistan cricket renewal cannot be just taken by both the boards. It is a decision which has to be taken by both the governments primarily,” Manohar said.

Speaking on the World Twenty20 in 2016 which India is to host, Manohar said, “the World Twenty20 is coming up in next year. Our priority will be to conduct that event in best possible and clean manner and we all function in a transparent manner.”

BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur congratulated Manohar on becoming the new board president.

“After the demise of Dalmiya, we had to elect a president. And all six associations of the East Zone proposed the name of Manohar and he was elected unanimously,” Thakur said.

“We have seen in his last tenure how well he has worked and how well his work was appreciated, specially his stewardship. With him as president, cricket in India will grow with every passing day,” the BCCI secretary added.

(With inputs from IANS)

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Manohar set to be named BCCI chief at Sunday’s SGM

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Mumbai: Former president Shashank Manohar has emerged as the sole candidate to be elected to the top post of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), which has fallen vacant with the demise of Jagmohan Dalmiya, in the Special General Meeting (SGM) to be held here on Sunday.

The chair has been lying vacant since Dalmiya died in Kolkata on September 20. As per BCCI’s constitution, a notification for a SGM to nominate a successor has to be issued within 15 days of the incumbent’s death.

BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur said Manohar is the only candidate for the top post.

A SGM will be held here on Sunday where a decision regarding the vacant chair will be taken. Manohar, a lawyer by profession, earlier held the post from 2008 to 2011.

Shashank Manohar is the only candidate for the BCCI president’s post. A decision regarding it will be taken in BCCI’s SGM in Mumbai on October 4,” Thakur had said on the sidelines of the T20 practice match between India and the visiting South African team in New Delhi on September 29.

Manohar emerged as a consensus candidate among East Zone units whose turn it is to nominate a president till 2017. Any candidate for the BCCI top job will need a proposer from the eastern region.

It was earlier believed the Tripura Cricket Association or National Cricket Club will propose Manohar’s candidature. But it is now believed former Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly, who succeeded Dalmiya as the new Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) president, is likely to propose Manohar’s name for the post.

But Ganguly dodged all questions in a recent event when he was asked if he would support and recommend Manohar’s name for the top post.

Manohar is known to be close to former BCCI and International Cricket Council (ICC) chief Sharad Pawar. The senior lawyer has Pawar’s backing and after Indian Premier League (IPL) chief Rajiv Shukla opted out of the race, he is likely to be supported by Anurag Thakur as well.

Jharkhand Cricket Association (JCA) chief Amitabh Choudhary had emerged as a possible candidate earlier, but his chances slimmed considerably as the Sharad Pawar and Anurag Thakur factions wanted their man at the top.

Manohar is unlikely to face any rival since the faction led by ex-BCCI chief N Srinivasan doesn’t have the majority among 29 votes to counter the former’s candidature.

Srinivasan is ineligible to attend the meeting on Sunday but he can cast his vote at the SGM in the scenario of an election.

(IANS)

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President condoles Dalmiya’s death

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New Delhi: President Pranab Mukherjee on Monday condoled the death of Jagmohan Dalmiya and called him a “visionary and well known leader of Indian cricket”.

“I am sad to learn about the passing away of Jagmohan Dalmiya. He was a visionary and wellknown leader of Indian cricket,” the president said in his message.

As president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), Dalmiya e played a major role in bringing the cricket World Cup to India, Mukherjee said.

Dalmiya, who was president of the BCCI, passed away at a Kolkata hospital on Sunday evening following a cardiac arrest. He was 75.

Dalmiya was an industrialist whose contribution to the establishment of various industrial and business enterprises helped in national development as well as created employment opportunities for thousands of our people, Mukherjee added.

“In his death, the nation has lost a personality who brought Indian cricket as well as Indian industry to greater heights. He shall always be remembered for his untiring hard work and devotion to any activity that he took up,” the president’s statement said.

Dalmiya’s death triggered shock and sorrow among the cricketing fraternity who termed it a great loss to the game.

Dalmiya suffered a massive gastro-intestinal bleeding and succumbed at 8.45 p.m. on Sunday, attending doctor Anil Mishra said.