Morarka hints at contesting BCCI elections

Published: Thursday, September 23, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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New Delhi:The contest for the president's post in the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) intensified on Thursday with senior Board official Kamal Morarka indicating to jump into the fray, which already has high profile candidates like DDCA president Arun Jaitley and NCP supremo Sharad Pawar.

Morarka, one of the BCCI vice-presidents, said that he will contest if there was any candidate from outside the North Zone, which has its turn in the coming elections as the presidential chair goes on a rotational basis among the five zones.

"If any person other than from the North Zone contests the election for president, BCCI, I wish to make it clear that though I am from Central Zone I shall also contest," Morarka said in a press release in New Delhi.

Morarka insisted that candidates should conform to the BCCI norms and only those hailing from the North Zone should contest.

"The best interest of cricket will be served by following good practices and traditions and sticking to the present norm of electing persons belonging to the North Zone itself," he said.

"This is a bad practice and would create a wrong precedent for future. There are experienced and capable persons in the North Zone who are eligible to become president and one of them should be unanimously elected," Morarka said.

The contest for the BCCI president has taken an intriguing turn with Pawar reportedly throwing his hat in for the job, election for which is due on September 29 when the incumbent, Jagmohan Dalmiya's tenure comes to an end.

Dalmiya has already been chosen as the BCCI's patron-in-chief till 2007.

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