Dalmiya~~s resignation is a big blow for India: Nair

Published: Sunday, December 4, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Mumbai:The resignation of Jagmohan Dalmiya as the president of the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) and Afro-Asian Cricket Co-operation yesterday was a big blow for India, former Indian cricket board (BCCI) secretary S K Nair said.

Reacting to the news Nair told PTI from Thirvananthapuram, "It's an unfortunate development, which I feel has weakened India's interest within the ACC. It's also a big blow for the close co-operation, which has developed between the Asian and African countries through the Afro-Asian body."

"The post was given to (ex-BCCI and ICC chief) Dalmiya in his individual capacity and in appreciation of the development of the game that he has engineered and not as president of the BCCI. Time alone will tell how this void can be filled," he added.

Nair also expressed his surprise how the BCCI's Programmes and Fixtures Committee today retained Guwahati as one of the venues for the best-of-seven One-day international contest against England next year while knocking off two other centres from the list decided by an earlier committee.

"The maximum objections (from the England and Wales Cricket Board) were over Guwahati. That has been retained while Cuttack and Vizag have been taken off. I leave it to you to read between the lines," Nair remarked.

He was referring to Assam Cricket Association's support for Sharad Pawar in his quest to take over the reins of the BCCI at the Nov 29 AGM in Kolkata.

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