Sharad Pawar, Shah re-elected unopposed

Published: Tuesday, September 26, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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Mumbai: Incumbent Sharad Pawar, along with three of his confidantes, were elected unopposed for a two-year-term, today itself a day ahead of the two-day 77th Annual General Body meeting of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).

The other three who were elected unopposed were secretary Niranjan Shah along with Joint Secretary M P Pandove and Treasurer N Srinivasan.

''All the four have been elected unopposed. The five vice-presidents (one each from the five zones constituting the BCCI) would be elected on the floor of the house tomorrow as per the practice,'' Mr Shah said.

All the elected office-bearers, plus the senior and junior selection committees that would be constituted on the floor of the house tomorrow, would have a two-year term following an amendment to the BCCI constitution earlier this year.

Today's development was on the expected lines given the brute majority enjoyed by Mr Pawar and the ruling group as against a decimated opposition, led by former BCCI and ICC chief Jagmohan Dalmiya, who is not even able to attend the meeting having been suspended on allegations of misappropriation of PILCOM accounts.

Mr Dalmiya, who won a much-publicised election of Cricket Association of Bengal and retained his post as president recently despite severe opposition from the state's chief minister, Buddhadeb Bhattacharya, has effectively been stymied by the Pawar group, led from the forefront by Rajasthan Cricket Association chief Lalit Modi and Punjab Association president Inderjit Singh Bindra. This, incidentally, is the first AGM being missed by the CAB chief in almost a quarter of a century.

With there being no need for election to the main posts, the rest of the items on the agenda of tomorow's AGM are likely to be completed within one day, Mr Shah said.

The focus would then shift to the national selection panel, which is to be reconstituted.

Dilip Vengsarkar is tipped to replace chairman Kiran More (West Zone), who has completed his term along with South Zone representative V B Chandrasekhar, who will be replaced by Shivlal Yadav. Three other members of the outgoing committee - North's Bhupinder Singh Sr, East's Ranjib Biswal and Central's Sanjay Jagdale - are expected to retain their posts.

The AGM will also take up reports of the various sub-committees for the year, pass annual accounts and reports and the budget for the next year, apart from constituting various sub-committees like selection committees (senior and junior), Finance, Marketing, Umpires, Technical etc.

''Generally the performance of the Indian team does not come under review at the AGMs,'' said Shah, when specifically queried whether it would be discussed at the meeting.

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