Farooq Abdullah keen to contest for BCCI Chief post

Published: Thursday, September 22, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Kolkata:Farooq Abdullah, President of Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association, hinted at an election for the president's post of the BCCI at the AGM here.

"This (BCCI) is a democratic body and a democratic body must go through a democratic process," Abdullah said on his arrival here.

Abdullah, who is aligned to the opposition group led by Maharashtra strongman Sharad Pawar, evaded a direct reply on whether the NCP leader would file his nomination for the President's post from J and K, saying "that will be known on the floor of the meeting." The former J and K Chief Minister, however, said he would chalk out a strategy with I S Bindra, spearheading the dissident faction, for the election.

"I and Bindra will sit down and chalk out a good strategy for the good of India's cricket which is our top priority." Pawar, who also arrived along with Abdullah, declined to speak to the media.

BCCI Vice-President Rajiv Shukla said "there will be election and we hope that it will be held in a healthy atmosphere.

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