BCCI to take lession on professionalism from PCB

Published: Sunday, December 18, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Vadodara:Indian Cricket Board could take a leaf out of the book of its Pakistani counterpart inprofessionalising its set-up, according to BCCI chief Sharad Pawar.

Pawar, living up to his electoral promise of making the Board professional, has asked Tata Consultancy Services to present a report in this regard.

Giving the example of the Pakistani Cricket Board, which has different managers for matters related to cricket, Pawar said BCCI's functioning could also be streamlined in a similar way.

Pawar said he has asked TCS to take suggestions from former Board presidents Jagmohan Dalmiya and I S Bindra since both have wide experience of running the Board.

He also stressed on the need to have a cricket academy in each zones to promote young talent.

"This will help in bringing out the best talent as youngsters will get better opportunity to showcase their abilities," he told PTI from Ahmedabad.

At present there is only one academy at Bangalore.

On the contracts for the players, he said it would be finalised before the Indian team's tour of Pakistan.

Asked about the telecast rights, Pawar said it would be done in a transparent manner and whoever made the highest bid, would get the rights.

Pawar said another of his priorities was to create infrastructure for which he has asked each cricket association to work on ground and stadium.

Pawar said he did not want cricket associations to keep money in the bank and earn interest.

"For development of the game, the Board is taking several steps. After reserving an amount of the fund for players' fees, the rest will be spent for the development of the game," he added.

The BCCI chief said he was also paying attention to resolve about 46 legal issues involving the Board and was hopeful of their resolution soon. For this, Pawar said, the Board was consulting lawyers.

He said he believed in decentralisation of power and transparent administration.

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