Mahendra, Nair jump to the defence of Dalmiya

Published: Friday, August 5, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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New Delhi:The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) stoutly defended the active role played by Jagmohan Dalmiya in its affairs, saying the former president was not an "outsider" and that it would not hesitate to take help from all concerned for the sake of "better governance".

"Is Dalmiya an outsider," was the reaction from BCCI president Ranbir Singh Mahendra to a media report that major decisions of the Board were being taken by Dalmiya and hissuccessor is a dummy.

The report in question had said that the Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) was forced to talk to Dalmiya to sort out the confusion over the dates of the on going tri-series in the island nation as well as forthcoming Test and Limited Overs series in India later this year.

Mahendra cited personal circumstances that led him to ask Dalmiya deal with the issue on his behalf.

"I am not going to oppose to what you write, are you aware of my circumstances? At that time (when the itinerary was finalised) I was in mourning after my brother's death andso I had asked Dalmiya and secretary S K Nair to sort out the matter," Mahendra said.

While Mahendra was guarded in his reaction, Nair was more vocal in defending his former boss.

"The itinerary involved two phases, one India's visit to Sri Lanka and second Sri Lanka's visit to India. It also involved backlog of matches when Dalmiya was the Board president," the secretary said.

"Moreover, SLC also has new office bearers and Dalmiya as the Asian Cricket Council president has a good rapport with all involved."

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