Bajpai accuses Dalmiya of neglecting local cricket

Published: Monday, July 25, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Kolkata:Former Kolkata police chief Dinesh Bajpai said he was contesting to the post of president of Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) to remove the anomalies and apathy of some of the present office bearers.

''The performance of Bengal cricket has been deteriorating with each year. We import players and coaches. But there is no effort to groom the homespun talents," Bajpai said while addressing a press conference.

Attacking the Jagmohan Dalmiya camp he said, ''They are more interested in national and international cricket. As a result local interest was getting hampered. I would like to change that. Poor base, no supply line and low sagging spirits of the local clubs -- all these have to change,'' he said.

''There needs to be a lot of proactive steps. We need to improve the infrastructure, widen the district base, hone the local talents,'' he said.

Asked why he did not give nomination for all the posts, he said, ''There was only a section of people in CAB with whom we have problems. We can work with the others.''

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