IJHS award for Dalmiya for globalising cricket

Published: Sunday, July 17, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Kolkata:Former Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president Jagmohan Dalmiya was awarded with the International Journal of History of Sports (IJHS) award for his contribution to the field of globalising cricket, alongwith Mr Sepp Blatter, Fifa president and Juan Samaranch, IOC chief.

Dalmiya, who is at present the president of the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) also headed the game's governing body - International Cricket Council (ICC) for a while said he was overwhelmed at being awarded for the thankless job of a sports-administrator.

The award was handed over to him by executive editor of IJHS Journal J A Mangan who highlighted three major achievements of Mr Dalmiya.

''Mr Dalmiya was instrumental in getting South Africa back to the cricketing fold in the post-apartheid era, was crucial to revival of Indo-Pak cricket and shift of cricket power from the West to the sub-continent. He deserves this award.''

On receiving the award, Mr Dalmiya said, ''I am overwhelmed. I will cheish the day forever. I am happy that I have been awarded for my little achievement in globalising the sport.''

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