Dungarpur wants Sunil Gavaskar as CEO of BCCI

Published: Wednesday, September 21, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Kolkata:Flaying the Indian Cricket Board for functioning in what he termed as an unprofessional way "on and off the ground", former BCCI chief Raj Singh Dungarpur today called for appointing batting legend Sunil Gavaskar as its Chief Executive Officer.

"How can a board in 2005 run without a CEO? Even Bangladesh and Zimbabwe boards have it," Dungarpur, who arrived here for the BCCI annual general meeting, said.

Drawing instances of "unprofessional" functioning of the board in matters related to selling television rights to the recent spat between skipper Sourav Ganguly and coach Greg Chappell, he said somebody like Sunil Gavaskar should be appointed as the CEO of BCCI.

"Why not he (Gavaskar), who is the Chairman of the cricket committee of ICC (International Cricket Council), be the CEO?" he asked.

Dungarpur felt a strong necessity for "a change in the board" and slammed the ruling faction for the "unfortunate happenings on and off the ground" in the year gone by. He also accused former BCCI President Jagmohan Dalmiya of causing substantial revenue loss to the board by not awarding the television rights to Zee.

Echoing Dungarpur, former BCCI chief and one of the leaders of the opposition camp, I S Bindra said there was an urgent need to bring in professionalism in the functioning of the board which "was my position when I was the President".

Stating that the board had in principle agreed to take steps to that end, he said unfortunately the proposals were not implemented. "Now you need numbers to implement it. If the majority wants a CEO, it has to be there," he said.

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