I didn~~t save Ganguly~~s job, says Dalmiya

Published: Thursday, October 6, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Dubai:Jagmohan Dalmiya has strongly refuted charges that he was responsible for saving the job of Indian captain Sourav Ganguly.

"I don't decide who will be in the team or, for that matter, who will be the captain. It's the job of the selectors and I don't interfere in their affairs. Neither I have any right to do so," former ICC and Indian board president told a private TV channel.

But it is said the Ganguly innings as a captain would have been long over, but for your influence on the Indian board? "There's nothing of that sorts. But I do believe that players shouldn't be subjected to any raw deal and if I feel that is happening, I do speak up openly for their rights."

Your thoughts on the Greg Chappell-Gangly slugfest? "Some people are talking a bit out of turn and that's not good for cricket. As far the leaked e-mail is concerned, the Kolkata-based newspaper which first carried the report has openly said it got the copy of it from overseas - and not from any source in India. The current officials of the BCCI should investigate the matter," he said.

"Chappell has admitted that he mailed the report to four people and he was trying to send me the copy as well, but couldn't since he didn't have my mail-ID."

Replying to a question that he is still regarded as the super boss of Indian cricket, Dalmiya quipped: "Are you abusing me or making a comment? I think some people have faith in my abilities and that's why they sometimes seek my opinions on different issues. I do share my thoughts with them, but at the end of the day it's upto them - whether they take it or leave it," he said.

Known as a marketing wizard, Dalmiya said: "Earlier, there was hardly any money in cricket. During the 1987 World Cup in England we ran into huge losses. Doordarshan took all the money from us, saying it belonged to them since they telecast the matches."

"We filed a suit and the court ordered that Doordarshan should make a bid for rights like other TV channels."

"After this verdict, the corporate world entered the field and our marketing packages paid off. We made a good profit in 1996," he said.

"During the infamous days of match-fixing, the corporate world ditched us in favour of Kaun Banega Crorepati, a quiz show on a private TV channel. It was a big blow to Indian cricket."

The former ICC chief admitted that the Indian board has differences with the apex body over the staging of the World Cup.

"They (the ICC) say India's turn to host the premier event would come after five events, but we want that we should get the right after every third World Cup tournament since the Indian subcontinent has four full members and it should continue till 2050. But the issue has lost its focus due to our internal bickering."

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