Bindra rules out talks of secret understanding

Published: Sunday, September 25, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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New Delhi:Denying any rift in the anti-Dalmiya camp, former Cricket Board President Inder Singh Bindra today rebutted talk of a 'secret understanding' with the ruling faction and that inclusion of Sharad Pawar in the Board's Marketing Committee was a result of it.

Addressing a press conference here a day after the adjournment of the acrimonious AGM of the Board yesterday, Bindra, a Dalmiya detractor and a Pawar-backer, said Rajasthan Cricket Association President Lalit Modi was the lone dissenting voice at the end of the day and indicated that he would not approve of his plans to go to Supreme Court on the issue of Board President's election.

Asked whether there was any rift in his camp, he said "Modi was the lone dissenting voice."

He said there was no secret compromise behind the inclusion of Mumbai Cricket Association President and political heavyweight Pawar along with Tamil Nadu Cricket Association head N Srinivasan in the BCCI's Marketing Committee.

He said Pawar, who was to contest for the Board's Presidentship before the AGM itself was adjourned sine die, and Srinivasan were made members in an effort to enlarge the Marketing Committee.

Pawar was nominated as North Zone candidate by Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association for the top post of BCCI to challenge incumbent Ranbir Singh Mahendra of Haryana.

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