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Thatscricket - News - Cricket: Hectic lobbying on eve of BCCI elections

Published: Thursday, September 27, 2001, 16:16 [IST]
 
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Chennai: Hectic lobbying activities were witnessed on the eve of the much-hyped elections for the President of the cash-rich Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCC) on Friday. [an error occurred while processing this directive]Both incumbent A C Muthiah and challenger Jagmohan Dalmiya, an old warhorse, expressed confidence of staging a victory, indicating a close finale to the election drama.While Dalmiya and his men held closed-door meetings, Muthiah, who talked to waiting reporters, said, "It is unethical for me to predict an outcome for the elections. In a Democracy, anything can happen, but the wisdom of themembers (voters) will prevail."Muthiah, who is seeking a third term, said he felt confident as "all the 19 members, who have vowed their support to me, are here for all of you to see". The members had pledged support for Muthiah at a dinner hosted at New Delhi earlier this week."We sailed smoothly over all (the hard times that the Board has had to face under my presidency). We have done extremely well. We want to bring in professionalism all around," Muthiah said.Dalmiya, a former BCCI secretary and also a former president of the International Cricket Council (ICC), appeared equally confident when contacted on phone."I am confident of winning (but) I will not indulge in any numbers game before the elections," he said.Dalmiya supporters said, "Our leader (Dalmiya) has not lost a election for over 10 years in the Board and we are confident of winning again." Though Muthiah refused to name his candidates for various other posts, his close associates said that Saurashtra's Niranjan Shah would be the candidate for secretary's post, Punjab's M P Pandove for joint secretary and Maharashtra's D C Agashe for the post of treasurer.The candidates for the post of vice-presidents would be Sharad Pawar (West), Shashank Manohar (Central), N Srinivasan (South), Narhari Amin (East). The candidate for the North would be decided on Saturday morning, they said.Dalmiya supporters refused to divulge the names of their candidates for the various posts. PTI

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