Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) president Jagmohan Dalmiya, addressing the media at the end of the Working Committee meeting here today, said, '' The Working committee strongly condemned the baseless and arbitrary decision of the BCCI to debit RS 40 crore and to stop all subsidies and payments to the CAB. '' '' That was conveyed by the BCCI Secretary Niranjan Shah vide a letter dated June 29, '' he said.
'' The Committee also decided that the association should write a letter to the BCCI recording its strong protest and yet, if no satisfactory reply was received, the association should proceed on appropriate legal lines, '' Mr Dalmiya said.
Asked if he had taken the decision to stand for the elections after meeting the WC members, he said, '' Let me take that decision at my own convenience. '' During the meeting, Mr Dalmiya said when he had taken up the case against ICC after Mike Dennisse after he had suspended six Indian cricketers, including Sachin Tendulkar, it hurt as he had just retired as the Chairman of the world cricket body.
'' It hurts even now to take up strong action against BCCI as I have been its President. But with our backs to the wall in face of unreasonable and arbitrary action from the parent body we are left with no option. In order to get justice we shall resort to legal means if necessary, '' he said.
On whether he was expecting a reply to the letter he had sent to Mr Shah, he said, '' I expect a reply a couple of days before the AGM with some more serious charges, '' thus indicating at the step-motherly attitude of the parent body towards him and the state association.
'' The high-handedness and vindictive attitude of the BCCI will not be tolerated, '' he said.
He further stated that the letter given to Sports Minister Subhas Chakraborty was read out and discussed at the meeting. '' But we thought it judicious not to distribute the reply to the media and wait for the reply of the minister as it is only fair within the dignity, decorum and ethics of the actions, '' he added.
The meeting also endorsed the good work done for cricket in the Dalmiya regime and '' urged me to continue the good work. Cricket was on the upswing during the past few years. '' Indeed the records for 2004-05 and 2005-06 doemstic seasons have been pretty rewarding for Bengal cricket.
In 2004-05 Bengal reached the Zonal ODIs semifinals, reached semifials in C K Nayudu U-22 championship, Cooch behar Trophy U-19 and Vinoo Mankad Trophy U-19, reached final in Vijay Merchant U-17 Trophy and quarter finals of PollyUmrigar Trophy U-15.
The 2005-06 year went a notch or two higher with Bengal reaching the final of Ranji trophy led by an inspirational Deep Dasgupta, reached Zonal Semi of ODIs, reached final of C K Nayudu Trophy U-22 and quarterfinals of Polly Umrigar Trophy U-15.
As far as allegations of cricketers from Bengal not making it to the national scene is concerned there are certain corrections to be made too. During 2004-05 Manoj Tewari captained U-19 Indian team, Shib Shankar Pal went to Australia with the 'A' team and Ranadeb Bose represented India 'A' against Pakistan.
The next season Debabrata Das was part of the U-19 World Cup squad, Abhishek Jhunjhunwala and Shib Shankar Pal went to Abu Dhabi as part of India 'A' team.
Mr Dalmiya also announced that the 75th AGM of the CAB would be held on July 30 and the Annual prize distribution on June 29. Former Bengal Cricketer Shivaji Bose would be the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award