Dalmiya stays away from BCCI Working Committee meeting

Published: Saturday, August 23, 2008, 15:25 [IST]
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Mumbai: The president of the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) Jagmohan Dalmiya today decided to give a miss to the Working Committee meeting of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), which began at the Cricket Centre here today.

Instead he deputed another representative of the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB).

CAB is being represented by Biswarup Dey at the one-day sitting of the BCCI at its headquarters here.

Dalmiya, fighting a court battle with the parent body for alleged embezzlement of 1996 World Cup funds, could now be seen at the AGM next month-end.

Dalmiya, arrested on March 26 this year and released on bail for alleged misappropriation of PILCOM (Pak-India-Lanka Committee) funds worth Rs 2.90 crore, stormed back to the helm of affairs of CAB at the recent elections.

The ex-chief of the International Cricket Council, expelled by the current ruling group in the BCCI in December 2006 from the apex cricket body, had to step down as President of CAB, but after lengthy legal battles he was allowed to contest the elections in July 2007.

Today's Working Committee meeting meanwhile will finalise the dates and venue of next month's AGM at which President-elect Shashank Manohar will take over the reins from incumbent chief Sharad Pawar.

''With the last AGM paving way for paid selectors, the modalities of the new system would be discussed and finalised at the Working Committee meeting,'' said BCCI sources.

A meeting of the Finance Committee of the board, headed by Sudhir Nanavati of Gujarat Cricket Association, was held yesterday. The decisions taken in the meeting are to be ratified today.

The Working Committee meeting would also finalise the annual report, ahead of tabling it at the AGM.


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