Dalmiya's new mantra is accountability

Published: Thursday, October 11, 2001, 23:33 [IST]
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New Delhi: In an effort to arrest the disappointing performances of the national team and project greater transparency in the functioning of the apex body for the game in the country, BCCI president Jagmohan Dalmiya on Thursday gave out the new mantra of accountability.
 "Everyone in the Board, whether it is the president or the players, will be accountable henceforth," Dalmiya told reporters after a 'brainstorming' meeting with the members of the senior and junior national selection committees in Delhi. The meeting was to understand their difficulties and to find out what the administration could do to help, he said and added that the exchange of views was very useful. It was the same idea that prompted him to write to national team coach John Wright and physio Andrew Leipus for their views, he said and added that he would hold a meeting with captain Saurav Ganguly and team members after they return from South Africa. Dalmiya said India face World Cups in the next two years and all efforts were concentrated on making the team do well in them. While the junior World Cup is to be held in New Zealand in January next year, the senior World Cup will be played in South Africa in 2003. As the time for selecting the team and holding a conditioning camp before it reaches New Zealand on January 13 will be very short, the Board president said the Cooch Behar Trophy scheduled to end on January 10, has been cancelled. He said a number of players among the 120 trainees in the Zonal Cricket Academies had crossed the 19 years cut-off mark and would be ineligible to participate. So, the 'spotters' with the National Cricket Academy (NCA) will help find talent and coaches of the participating teams in under-19 tournaments would be asked to report on good players for the selection committee to choose from, he said. Dalmiya said a coach, to replace Roger Binny, and a physio for the junior team would be appointed soon. He said the team would practice the same balls that would be used in the World Cup. Reverting to his meeting with the selectors, Dalmiya said they discussed their problems with him, the most important being the "lack of co-ordination" between them and the team coach and physio. He also said there was no discussion on payment of any salaries to the selectors.

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