Dalmiya masterminded Ganguly~~s exit: Bindra

Published: Saturday, November 5, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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New Delhi:Seeking to give a new twist to the ouster of Sourav Ganguly from the Indian cricket team, former BCCI president I S Bindra has accused Jagmohan Dalmiya of masterminding the exit of the former captain for his political survival.

Bindra said he thought it necessary to throw more light on the "sinister campaign" leading to the dethroning of Ganguly after it was suggested to him that the Pawar faction was behind the Bengal cricketer's present predicament.

In a write-up posted on the Punjab Cricket Association's website, Bindra has given a detailed account of the events leading to the ouster of Ganguly while scotching suggestions that the anti-Dalmiya faction had anything to do with the entire episode.

"Ganguly's present predicament and trauma have nothing to do with the equations in the BCCI. He has unwittingly been dragged into the unsavoury happenings in Kolkata Cricket... That's how my friend (Dalmiya) from Calcutta plays his politics. He is prepared to sacrifice even his near and dear for his political survival," the PCA chief says.

"It is common knowledge that four out of five selectors report to Kolkata for instructions. Even Sourav may not believe the preposterous story that he's the victim of Board politics. It is apparent as to who is calling the shots and if he looks back and pieces together the advice he got from various people, he can track down the real culprit responsible for his present misery.

Bindra says the moment Dalmiya realised that Ganguly had "outlived his utility", he had no hesitation in dumping him for his own political survival. "The moment he realised the elegant left-handed batsman has outlived his utility, he quickly seized the first available opportunity to dump him.

"See how carefully Sourav's exit was planned. Ever heard the BCCI asking for an exhaustive report from a coach midway through the tour. And that for what. If the Board was interested in sorting out the spat between Greg and Sourav its president or any other senior official should have rushed to Zimbabwe the moment the coach and the captain started fighting openly.

"Moreover, why such a confidential and explosive e-mail was asked to be sent to so many people," he says.

Bindra thinks Ganguly making public his spat with the coach was also pre-planned by Dalmiya.

"I have a sneaky suspicion that someone led Ganguly up the garden path by advising him to deliberately make his differences with Greg public. Then Greg was asked for his version. Then the mother of all leaks, a copy of the confidential e-mail from Greg was quietly handed over to a vernacular journalist." Bindra says Dalmiya's aim behind the e-mail leak was to deflect public attention but his move backfired.

"If Jaggu thought the leak would deflect public attention from his own trickery at the now aborted Annual General meeting, he was mistaken. The AGM was not put off because of the extraneous reasons but because of his bullying tactics of filibustering to delay the election.

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