New BCCI office-bearers assume office

Published: Thursday, January 27, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Kolkata:The Annual General Meeting of the BCCI was formally concluded today, with the new set of office bearers headed by Ranbir Singh Mahendra taking charge, but uncertainty remained over who should represent the Board at ICC and other international fora.

The AGM, which was reconvened this morning following a Supreme court directive, concluded in no time, with outgoing president Jagmohan Dalmiya saying the two pending items on the agenda could not be transacted in view of a restraint order by the court on September 28.

Since all other items on the agenda had already been transacted in the meeting on September 29 and 30, the 75th AGM of the Board was therefore terminated and the newly elected office-bearers took over with immediate effect, he said.

The controversy ridden AGM had been adjourned without transacting two of the items on the agenda relating to the appointment of Dalmiya as the Patron-in-Chief and BCCI's representative at the ICC and other international bodies.

A piquant situation arose ofter the adjournment as according to the BCCI constitution the office-bearers cannot take charge till the AGM is concluded.

Today's meeting, held as per Supreme Court's order on January 10, thus cleared the deck for Mahendra and the other office-bearers, elected in a bitter contest against the group led by Maratha strongman Sharad Pawar on September 29, to discharge their duties formally.

However, the question of BCCI's representation at the ICC remained unresolved.

When asked whether the meeting discussed the issue of BCCI's representation at the ICC and other international fora, Dalmiya said that matter "remained unresolved".

To a specific query that who would represent BCCI at international level from today, he said "I have no answer".

Dalmiya had been appointed as the Patron-in-Chief and also BCCI representative at the ICC and other international fora by a Special General Meeting of the board at Chennai on September 12 but the matter needed to be confirmed by the AGM.

The AGM could not take up these items due to a stay order by a Chennai court thus creating a deadlock situation.

Dalmiya's appointment had been challenged by Bharathi Cricket Club of Chennai and the matter is now pending before the Madras High Court.

Meanwhile, BCCI secretary S K Nair later told newspersons that he would represent the board in the ICC CEO's meeting in Melbourne from February 2.

"This particular meeting does not pose any problem for us. Because it is the meeting of CEOs, and I am the CEO of BCCI," Nair said, adding "the problem will be there for ICC meetings like its AGM".

Briefing the media on the deliberations at the reconvened AGM, Dalmiya sarcastically said that all the court cases relating to the BCCI were being filed from one place, Chennai. "This I feel is very significant".

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