Farooq vows to reform BCCI election process

Published: Tuesday, November 29, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Kolkata:Newly-elected Cricket Board President Sharad Pawar faction today said the new regime would press for modification in the BCCI election process in order to remove all ambiguities.

"All ambiguities would be removed and we hope that further BCCI elections would be held without an Observer," former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah said on behalf of the victorious group.

Abdullah, a representative of the Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association, also slammed the way Pawar was defeated last year on the basis of casting vote by Jagmohan Dalmiya,the then BCCI chief.

"Last year also we were going to win but I was shocked to see the way the election was conducted. It was a tragedy and I hope it will not be repeated again."

Abdullah dismissed speculation that there was political interference to ensure Pawar's victory.

"The elections were held in the most democratic manner under the guidance of T S Krishnamurthy who has vast experience of conducting elections."

He also appreciated the positive atmosphere during the meeting saying after the outcome was announced, everyone congratulated the winner and Dalmiya withdrew all the objections he had raised earlier.

Asked whether it was the end of Dalmiya, he said "there can never be an end to a good horse. I believe it will be a birth of a new Dalmiya, a more cooperative and supportiveDalmiya. The new group requires his vast experience in the running of the cricket affairs. We should not forget that apart from running BCCI for so long, he was also the Presidentof ICC." he said.

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