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Dalmiya arrested for misappropriation of funds and released on bail

Former Cricket Board boss Jagmohan Dalmiya, charged with misappropriating Rs 2.90 crore during his tenure, was on Wednesday arrested and released in quick succession ahead of the filing of a chargesheet against him in a court at Mumbai.
Both Dalmiya and his secretary K M Choudhary, who were earlier given anticipatory bail by the Bombay High Court, were asked to be present at the Crime Branch office where they were arrested and released soon after on bail as per the High Court order. The bail was given on a cash bond of Rs 25,000. The Economic Offences Wing of Mumbai Police filed an over 5,500-page chargesheet against Dalmiya and two others after investigating the case filed by the Indian Cricket Board.
The case was filed on March 16, 2006 after Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar took over as the President of BCCI. According to the police, Dalmiya, his secretary K M Choudhary and one Gautam Dutta diverted funds meant for fighting 64 legal cases slapped by the Income Tax authorities on PILCOM, the organising committee of the 1996 cricket world cup jointly hosted by India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, towards other expenses. The case pertains to payments from an account opened by INDCOM, which looked after matches played in India, at Indian Overseas Bank, Kolkata, between July 1997 and February 2006.

BCCI denies Gavaskar's sacking reports

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCC) on Tuesday denied reports of Sunil Gavaskar being removed as chairman of the International Cricket Council (ICC)'s cricket committee.
Replying to a query on Gavaskar's removal, BCCI treasurer N Srinivasan said: "As far as we know, the ICC has not taken any action against Gavaskar and so, there is no question of commenting on these reports." He was speaking to the media after the meetings of BCCI's finance and working committees categorically said the reports were "not correct".
The news regarding Gavaskar's sacking emerged out of a report in the London daily The Times, which reported that at last week's ICC executive committee meeting in Dubai it was decided in an unanimous vote that Gavaskar should be asked to resign because of a conflict of interest between his honorary ICC position and his paid role as a columnist and commentator. Apparently the ICC is incensed with Gavaskar's reaction in his syndicated column where the legendary batsman described England and Australia as "dinosaurs" who cannot "open their eyes and see the reality".
Gavaskar wrote: "The cricketing world has found that India has no longer a diffident voice but a confident one that knows what is good for its cricket, and will strive to get it."
Gavaskar was defending his criticism of Mike Procter, the ICC Match Referee, in January after he had ruled against Harbhajan Singh for an allegedly racist aside to Andrew Symonds during the second Test match between Australia and India in Sydney. There were reports that ICC were not happy with Gavaskar's strong statements as it amounted to "clash of interests" in view of his position as the chairman of the cricket committee and also a television commentator.

BCCI honours Kumble on reaching milestone of 600 Test wickets

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Tuesday, honoured Team India’s Test captain Anil Kumble on reaching the remarkable landmark of 600 Test wickets.
At a star-studded function here attended by top cricket officials and the Indian cricket team, the BCCI presented India’s all time leading wicket taker in Tests with a specially crafted diamond studded trophy.
The Indian spin king is currently ranked third behind Muttiah Muralitharan and Shane Warne in the all-time list of highest wicket-takers in Tests. Sharad Pawar, President BCCI, said, “Kumble's cricket is as uncomplicated as the man himself is. A phenomenal cricketer, he has served Indian cricket untiringly with great aplomb letting his on-field exploits do all the talking. For close to 18 years, this great cricketer has given nothing less than a 100% in effort never letting his side down. In fact, it is this very characteristic of his that amply resonates in the style of cricket being played by the team, after he has taken over the reins.
He further said cricket fans the world over love him for this unflinching attitude and commitment toward the Indian team and who can forget his historic ten wicket haul at the Kotla. We at the BCCI are proud of his achievements and wish him many more successes in the years to come.” The Board of Control for Cricket in India in its citation eulogized Kumble’s achievements saying, “Anil Radhakrishna Kumble is a gentleman-cricketer in the truer sense of the word.

Dalmiya embezzled Rs 2.90 crore from BCCI: Police

Former Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president Mr Jagmohan Dalmiya has been found to have misappropriated over Rs 2.90 crore of the cricket body’s funds during his tenure, police said today.
Acting on a case filed by the BCCI in March 2006 after Union Agriculture Minister Mr Sharad Pawar took over as head of the game’s governing body, the Economic Offences Wing (EOW) has found that Mr Dalmiya diverted funds meant for legal fees towards other expenses including paying for personal phone bills. Joint commissioner of police (crime) Mr Rakesh Maria said Indian Income Tax authorities had slapped 64 cases on Pilcom's account operated from London. Pilcom was the organising committee of the 1996 World Cup hosted jointly by Pakistan, India and Sri Lanka.
The crime branch will be filing a chargesheet against Mr Dalmiya, Mr Gautam Dutta and Mr KM Choudhary in the matter on Wednesday in a local court, he said. The trio will be charged with cheating, breach of trust, forgery and criminal conspiracy, Mr Maria said, adding that the probe in the matter is still on and it is possible more persons will be named in the chargesheet. Mr Dalmiya had appeared before the EOW officers four times in Mumbai while the investigators had gone to Kolkata two times for recording his statement during the course of the probe, Maria added.
“Six accounts were created to meet the expenses of fighting the cases and this misapproriation concerns only one of them opened in Kolkata in which Rs 6.92 crore was deposited,” Mr Maria added.
Mr Dalmiya, who was the BCCI president for over ten years, misappropriated the funds to pay for phone bills, hotel bills, car rentals, purchasing foreign exchange and stationery, Mr Maria said. “Of the Rs 2.90 crore, Rs 85 lakh has been diverted towards phone bills only. Mr Dalmiya has been found to have paid his personal phone bills, one registered in his mother's name and phone bills for three companies run by him,” Mr Maria added.
He said an investigation of the car rentals led the police to discover that the registration numbers of the cars supposedly used by the BCCI actually belonged to some trucks and motorcycles. “According to Mr Dalmiya, necessary resolutions were passed so that the funds in the account can be used for other expenses but they have been unable to furnish the necessary copies. In Kolkata, Mr Dalmiya dismissed speculative references to a chargesheet being filed against him in the near future. Recalling his successful self defence after the BCCI had penalised him, he reminded the media that he had requested legal action against the organisation’s current office bearers for perjury. He said that he would once again fight the BCCI if he got a chargesheet.

BCCI's Working and Finance Committees to meet in Chennai

Ahead of the first Test between India and South Africa beginning on March 26, the BCCI's Working and Finance Committees will meet at Chennai on Tuesday to discuss a wide-ranging agenda.
The Working Committee is expected to ratify the appointments of Indian team's support staff besides deciding on the reports of junior committee, tour programmes and fixtures, Vizzy Trophy, and Special Committee formed to resolve the issues concerning Bihar and Jharkhand associations. "Finance committee meeting will be held in the morning tomorrow to attend to routine agenda. Soon after this the Working Committee will meet," N Srinivasan, Treasurer and Finance Committee Chairman of the BCCI, told at Chennai on Monday.
The meeting is also expected to discuss matters relating to the India Premier League, India's international commitments and ICC matters. The four-Test series against Australia in October-November this year to be played in Bangalore, Nagpur, Delhi and Mohali would also be ratified by the committee.
After the meetings, the cricket board would felicitate Indian Test captain Anil Kumble for his reaching a personal milestone of 600 Test wickets.

India to play tri-series in Dhaka

Asian cricket administrators are juggling dates to accommodate a proposed ODI series involving Pakistan after Australia refused to tour that country for security reasons, the Asia Cup and the Indian Premier League (IPL). The only confirmed event is a tri-series in Dhaka, involving India.
After Australia declined to tour Pakistan in March-April and with the lucrative IPL starting April 18, officials from India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, which is to host a tri-series in June, are trying their best to accommodate one another's requirements.
At the moment only the triangular series in Dhaka is a certainty, according to Niranjan Shah, secretary of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). "India will play the tri-series in Dhaka with Bangladesh and Pakistan in June," Shah told IANS Sunday. Shah, however, did not get give the dates.
The Dhaka triangular series will be held after the postponed Asia Cup, which is now scheduled to be staged June 24-July 6 in Pakistan. In another development, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has accepted the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) invitation to play a One-Day International series after the islanders' tour of the West Indies. Unconfirmed reports say this series could be held between April 23 and May 5.
If this series does take on or around those dates, it could have an effect on the International Cricket Council (ICC)-backed IPL, in which billions of dollars are at stake. The Twenty20 IPL runs between April 18 and June 1. So, PCB and SLC officials along with those of the BCCI, which owns the IPL, will have to take into account the multi-million-dollar league.
Shah was noncommittal when asked about the impact that the proposed Pakistan-Sri Lanka series could have on the IPL.

ICC to sign contract with BCCI over IPL

The International Cricket Council (ICC) will sign a contract with the Indian board, which owns the Indian Premier League (IPL), to protect international cricket schedule. “The contract claims that the IPL must respect the international programme and reject any player that does not have board clearance to compete in the competition,” according to a report in The Australian.
This includes players who have retired for up to two years, a clause The International Players Association chief executive Tim May says will be strongly contested by player associations around the world. May claims that attempts by the ICC or Test countries to prevent cricketers from retiring to play in the IPL could lead to court action.
“That’s an obvious concern,” May was quoted as saying. “It is up to a player whether he wants to retire. If he does not want to accept a contract, he is free to go wherever he wants.”
After this week’s meeting in Dubai, ICC had stressed that the concept of nation-versus-nation cricket was the “lifeblood” of the game. “This must always be given the highest possible priority,” the ICC statement said.

BCCI announces supporgt staff for Gary Kirsten

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) today announced the support staff who will assist coach Gary Kirsten during the forthcoming three-test series against South Africa starting later this month.
According to a BCCI statement, Kirsten's support staff will include Venkatesh Prasad (bowling coach), Robin Singh (fielding coach), Paul Close (physiotherapist), Ramesh Mane (masseur), Paddy Upton (physical and Mental conditioning and strategic leadership coach) and Russell Radhakrishnan (Travel Assistant). The board will appoint a full time physiotherapist by the end of next month. Kirsten will work with Team India during the three-Test series against South Africa with the first match in Chennai from March 26-30.

Patel gets top job to keep India in check

Imtiaz Patel was appointed the new chief executive of world cricket to avoid giving India too much power on the International Cricket Council.
This emerged after 43-year-old Patel, who heads SuperSport in South Africa, was appointed on Monday after “absolute consensus” following three days of talks at the ICC’s board meeting in Dubai. Some of the members feared that appointing the original favourite, Inder Singh Bindra, would have made India’s grip on world cricket total. If Bindra had been made chief executive, he would have been joined in 2010 by another Indian when Sharad Pawar is due to become president of the ICC. Pawar heads the Board of Control of Cricket in India.
The selection committee for a new chief executive comprised Pawar, David Morgan of Wales, who is the president- elect of the ICC, Ray Mali, of South Africa who is the ICC acting president, and Creagh O’Connor, the Cricket Australia chairman. Patel will succeed Malcolm Speed, the Australian who is retiring after seven years as chief executive of the ICC.
Patel was recommended to the executive board from a short list of six, including Bindra, by the four- man sub-committee. He will be offered a formal three-year contract at the annual meeting scheduled to take place in London in four months’ time, but it’s still not clear if he will accept. He said yesterday that he would be considering his position over the next few weeks. India would have wielded more control than ever from 2010 had Bindra joined Pawar, who is scheduled to succeed Morgan after his two-year term, in the most senior posts within the governing body.
Bindra was pushed strongly by the BCCI, despite having personal reservations about moving from his base in the Punjab.

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BCCI, India

The Board of Control for Cricket in India, or BCCI, is the governing body for cricket in India. This is India's richest sporting body. The President of BCCI is Sharad Pawar (elected 29 November, 2005). Niranjan Shah is the secretary.
All the office-bearers for the year 2004-05, were elected at the annual general meeting of the Board held in Kolkata.
On January 10, 2005, the Supreme Court of India ordered the removal of Jagmohan Dalmiya from the post of patron-in-chief of BCCI and also asked the board to complete its annual general meeting (AGM) which had been adjourned on September 30, 2004.
The legality of the office-bearer's election at the board's annual general meeting (AGM) held on September 29, 2004 is subjudice.

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And they said..

January 2008

"Bollyline controversy", Australian media.

Victory for cricket
BCCI vice-president Rajiv Shukla on the removal of Bucknor. Jan 8 Let's worry about playing in the middle, performing well, and if you lose so be it
McGrath stands up for Bucknor and Australia. Jan 8 Bucknor has gone on too long
Harold 'Dickie' Bird Unfair allegation of racism against our Indian player is wholly unacceptable
BCCI president Sharad Pawar. Jan 7 We tried our best to defuse the situation but their collective behaviour through the game and then, the unwarranted racial slur on Harbhajan led to this
An Indian player. Jan 7 There's been no sledging
Andrew Symonds, who initiated the angry exchange, in Herald Sun. Jan 7 I am satisfied beyond a reasonable doubt that Harbhajan Singh directed that word at Andrew Symonds
Mike Procter, the match referee decides. Jan 6 Only one team was playing in the spirit of the game
Anil Kumble, post-match press conference. Jan 6, 7:30pm I think it's fair to say that there were a few mistakes made but I am not going comment anything more as it might get me in trouble
Ricky Ponting after his team's record-equalling 16th straight Test win. Jan 6, 6:45 pm Bastards
Brad Hogg, directed at Kumble and batting partner Mahendra Singh Dhoni, during the second test at Sydney

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