Man with Midas touch to take on supercop in CAB polls

Published: Thursday, July 14, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Kolkata:Jagmohan Dalmiya is going to face the challenge from former Kolkata police chief Dinesh Bajpai in the election for the post of president of Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) scheduled to be held later this month.

"Yes I have decided to contest for the post of CAB president," Bajpai, who had earlier headed the Bengal Hockey Association said today.

The election of CAB office bearers will be held during the annual general meeting of CAB on July 27.

Bajpai said a number of clubs under CAB has been approaching him for quite some time to contest against Dalmiya.

"Clubs have been coming to me for the past several weeks. Initially I was reluctant but when the pressure grew, I agreed to fight the elections," Bajpai said.

Dalmiya considered one of the most powerful persons in Indian sports has been heading CAB for nearly a decade and represents the state association at the Board of Control forCricket in India (BCCI).

He had also been the president of BCCI as well as the chief of cricket's world body the International Cricket Council (ICC).

Asked whether he was confident of winning, Bajpai took recourse to cricket parlance. ''Cricket is a game of uncertainties. And very often it is difficult to guess theoutcome till the last ball is bowled.''

Bajpai indicated that he was planning to fight the elections as part of a panel. ''Since morning, I'm getting a lot of telephone calls. Many are saying that they want to benominated for one or the other posts. I am holding parleys. And a decision will be taken soon.''

The former senior police officer, however, did not agree that he had the backing of the anti-Dalmiya lobby in the CAB. ''I have no idea whether they are anti or pro Dalmiya.''

The last time Dalmiya faced a contest for the CAB president's post was four years ago. Challenger Debdas Banerjee suffered a crushing defeat.

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