Thatscricket - News - Cricket: Dalmiya lists his priorities to boost Indian game
Published: Thursday, October 18, 2001, 23:25 [IST]
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Kolkata: The newly elected president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), Jagmohan Dalmiya on Sunday said his top priority will be to arrest the slump in India's cricketing fortunes and prepare the team for the forthcoming World Cup.[an error occurred while processing this directive]"India's ranking in the world has gone down and we have to see the actual reasons for this slump. My main priority will be to improve India's position," Dalmiya told reporters at the airport soon after arriving from Chennai where the Board's two-day Annual General Meeting was held.He said the BCCI would concentrate on preparing the Indian team for the Youth World Cup in 2002 and the World Cup 2003."There are a lot of things to be done and we have to see how we can do it. We have to see where things have gone wrong and how we can rectify the mistakes," he said.Asked whether he was under any pressure before the elections, a relaxed Dalmiya said, "In an election one has to win and the other has to lose. But I did not feel any pressure as such."Admitting that it was one of the toughest elections he ever faced, Dalmiya said, "It is amazing how I lost a few votes. I think the umpiring could have been better."Dalmiya, who defeated incumbent A C Muthiah by a 17-13 margin in the election, had a dig at his predecessor saying that if the rival camp had more time at their disposal a few more votes could have been taken away from him.On the defeat of secretary J Y Lele, Dalmiya said that in a democratic election, one has to accept the decision of the members. ''He may be accommodated in some other post,'' he said.''I am overwhelmed by the response. The Board members have shown faith in me and I will try to do my best for the game,'' he said.PTI