Dungarpur does a sensational volte-face

Published: Thursday, January 27, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Kolkata:Former cricket board chief Raj Singh Dungarpur, who had been a vocal opponent of Ranbir Singh Mahendra during the election for the BCCI president's post in September, today sprang a suprise by openly suggesting Mahendra's name as BCCI representative at ICC meetings.

Citing tradition, Dungarpur said "'All through its 75 year history, the BCCI has been represented by its presidents at the ICC. It has been a convention. And I strongly feel thatthis convention should be followed this time alsO".

Dungarpur had pitched his lot with Maratha strongman Sharad Pawar, who unsuccesfully contensted against Jagmohan Dalmiya's nominee Mahendra for the top BCCI post, during the board's September 29-30 AGM.

Dungarpur, a staunch critic of Dalmiya, said that the outgoing BCCI president should no longer harbour ambitions to represent the board at the ICC.

Responding to Dungarpur's charges, Dalmiya said "for ages, he has been heading the Cricekt Club of India. It wil be good if he shows the way by retiring from the CCI".

"People in glasshouses should not throw stones," the outgoign BCCI chief said, quoting a famous proverb.

Later, while briefing the press on the deliberations at the meeting, Dalmiya indicated that he would no longer allow the former board presidents like Bindra and Dungarpur to to continue to attack him 'unopposed'.

"if my immediate predecessors continue to attack me, I have to think about it. So far, they were going on unopposed. I thought it is improper for a sitting BCCI president to getinto all this," Dalmiya said.

Asked whether he would no longer be actively involved in matters involing BCCI, now that his tenure his over, Dalmiya shot back, "how can you say that? Are my immediatepredecessors doing the same?".

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