Mahendra wants code of conduct for officials

Published: Friday, October 1, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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Kolkata:The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president-elect Ranbir Singh Mahendra on Thursday said he wanted to introduce a code of conduct for past office bearers of BCCI to curtail their liberty and make them more accountable to the Board.

"There must be some code of conduct for past presidents and secretaries. They should not be given liberty to talk on anything they like to talk on," Mahendra, addressing his first press conference as the BCCI president-elect, said.

Mahendra said he would put the proposal before the members of the Board for their consideration.

Stating that he would like to bring more accountability for the members of the Board, Mahendra said introducing a code of conduct for the past office bearers could serve a purpose to this end.

Claiming that BCCI was "the only sports body in the country where the functioning is transparent," the Haryana cricket chief said he would strive to further improve its image and functioning.

Asked to comment on Maharashtra representative D Agashe's possible move to go to court against his disqualification, which led to the defeat of Sharad Pawar in the presidential election on Wednesday, Mahendra said: "I don't think any member will go for legal action keeping in mind the rules of the Board because everything that happened yesterday, was according to BCCI rules."

Mahendra said he would strive to keep up with the traditions and conventions, which had been followed by his predecessors in the interest of the game of cricket.

Asked about the sagging form of the Indian team as reflected in the Asia Cup, Holland tri-series, NatWest Challenge as also the ICC Champions Trophy, he said: "I am going to interact with the coach, selection committee and senior members of the team before the start of the Australia series."

The new selection committee would meet in Bangalore on Friday to take up the selection process for the four-Test series against Australia beginning on October 6.

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