BCCI AGM adjourns, to be convened before Nov 30

Published: Friday, September 23, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Kolkata:After two days of intense drama,the BCCI AGM was adjourned here today with board president P S Mahendra announcing that it would be convened again beforeNovember 30, 2005.

The election for the board will also take place during that period, he said.

Emerging from the meeting, Mahendra told newspersons that the house had adopted a resolution to this effect and 'all members were agreeable' to it except one from the Rajasthan Cricket Board.

"The matter has been sorted out amicably," he said.The members had also decided to include Sharad Pawar and M Srinivasan in the marketing committee of the board.

On the television rights for the upcoming Challenger Trophy, Mahendra said the BCCI had given various venues the green signal for making their own arrangement.

"Heavy subsidy will be distributed to the associations within 10 days," he said.

Mahendra said only one or two items of the agenda could be discussed during today's AGM and the rest would be taken up when the AGM is re-convened.

Welcoming the adjournment, Sharad Pawar, a challenger for the president's post, said that the decision had to be taken as some of the members whose presence was needed had to leave the city by 6:00 pm.

Pawar, the Union Agriculture minister, said Srinivasan had been taken in the marketing committee on his recommendation. "I wanted him. He had been sidelined for long."

On his inclusion in the same committee, Pawar said though he was initially not inclined to be a part of it, he later agreed following requests from the members.

On the court cases surrounding the AGM, Pawar said," In the last AGM I had said that all these issues should be solved through discussions."

Another leading light of the Pawar camp I S Bindra said the spirit in which the meeting had ended was a "good beginning".

"I hope the next two months are utilised in the same spirit in which we ended the meeting," he said.

Asked whether he was disappointed that the meeting ended without holding the elections, he said," On the contrary I am happy with the developments. There is no question of disappointment."

Bindra said that the BCCI members had also arrived at a consensus that it was important to bring about transparency in holding elections and matters of running the Board.

Former BCCI chief Jagmohan Dalmiya said that the meeting had to be adjourned to put a full stop to the 'process of acrimony'.

"We have put a handbrake on the acrimony through the adjournment," he said.

"People say BCCI is the best administered board, but whatever has happened in the last few days is not good. We are a role model only on paper."

Asked whether today's high court decision was a moral victory for him, Dalmiya said," It is not a question of moral victory. Cricket administration matters are now being decidedmore in the court room. This only shows the bankruptcy of the administration in cricket."

Dalmiya said,"One party always has an upperhand and another a lower hand." Asked which party he belonged to, he said," Whichever party I belong to, I always have the lower hand."

To a question if it was fair to conduct such an inconclusive AGM wasting so much time and money, Dalmiya said," It is unfair. But we have arrived at something and it is a smart beginning."

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