New officer bearers meet soon: Dalmiya

Published: Monday, January 10, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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New Delhi:Former BCCI President Jagmohan Dalmiya today said the Supreme Court order upholding the Cricket Board elections had vindicated his stand and a meeting of the new office bearers would be held at the earliest.

"I'm feeling happy that the Court has upheld my ruling, casting vote and the conduct of the elections," Dalmiya told reporters reacting to Supreme Court's verdict which upheld Ranbir Singh Mahendra's election as BCCI President.

He said the verdict had proved that the "judiciary is vibrant" and it would help him come out of the "uncomfortable postion" he was in for the last 100 days.

Regarding the continuing controversy over his nomination as Patron-in-Chief, Dalmiya said he had never aspired for the post.

"From the time I started as treasurer of Cricket Association of Bengal some 20 years ago to being the ICC President, I've got plenty," he said.

"I never asked for the post of Patron in Chief to be given to me, never manouvered for it and tried to be neutral when I was being elected," he said.

Meanwhile, Dalmiya said he has already met the Sports Minister regarding hosting of the second tsunami charity match

"I am also planning to meet the Finance Minister as the ICC has informed that the match would be held only at a venue where it will get total tax exemption," Dalmiya, President of Asian Cricket Council, said.

He also said the itinerary of Pakistan's tour of India would be finalised in the next seven-eight days.

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