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Board of Control for Cricket in India
BCCI, IndiaThe 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.
BCCI Cricket News April 2006
Champions Trophy to be formally launched
Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president Sharad Pawar will sign the host agreement with ICC president Ehsan Mani to mark the launch of the trophy. Four venues where the matches will be played are Jaipur, Ahmedabad, CCI (Mumbai) and Mohali.
The match schedule for the 10-nation tournament will also be announced at the function. The top ten sides in the LG ICC ODI championship table from April 1 qualify for the trophy.
The West Indies are the defending champions and England are the runners up. This is the first time India is hosting the trophy which is next to World Cup in importance.
BCCI may scrap annual elections
The BCCI constitution review committee, which meets in Mumbai on Friday, will discuss a slew of proposals to improve the cricket control body's functioning and electoral reforms will figure prominently. Most BCCI members are in principle favourably inclined towards such a proposal, sources say. For, a fixed three-year term would enable office-bearers to concentrate fully on administration without having to worry about winning annual elections.
At present, BCCI office-bearers enjoy a maximum three-year term, subject to re-election every year. The proposed amendment, which would have to be ratified at a Special General Meeting (SGM), would give all office-bearers a straight three-year term. The new proposal, if enacted, will come into effect before the AGM this year and all office-bearers winning elections this time will hold their posts for three years, irrespective of the length of their previous tenure, if any.
The new proposal could meet with stiff resistance from faction-ridden associations. For, these petty officials, prone to political flip-flops, stand to lose their importance if annual elections are done away with. The BCCI is, however, in favour of sticking to the zonal rotation policy for the president's post. And by doing away with annual elections, the BCCI hopes to plug the loophole which allows back-door entry into the presidential race.
If the constitution review committee members - Shashank Manohar, IS Bindra, N Srinivasan, Lalit Modi, Arun Jaitley and Ratnakar Shetty - agree, a formal proposal will be drafted and placed before an SGM, where it has to be passed by a two-thirds majority.
India "reveal ICC Trophy venues"
Cricket chiefs in India want to use Mumbai's smaller Brabourne stadium, plus the regular international grounds in Ahmedabad, Mohali and Jaipur.
AFP news agency claimed India had agreed to pay 115,000 compensation to the International Cricket Council. The tournament takes place over four weeks from 7 October.
India are trying to avoid areas which might get seasonal rain at that time of year. England will have little time to recover from their summer season before it begins, and they start their Ashes tour days after it finishes.
The final programme for the tournament, which the ICC uses to raise funds for developmental activities, will be unveiled in New Delhi on 27 April. England, beaten finalists in 2004, must finish above either Australia or India in their group to make the semi-finals.
Dalmiya suspended from BCCI
Headed by BCCI President Sharad Pawar, the committee in its working committee meeting here today, decided to refer the matter to a three-member disciplinary committee and suspend Dalmiya till further notice.
Sharad Pawar heads the Disciplinary Committee and board's vice president Shashank Manohar and Chirayu Amin are the two other members.
Dalmiya, who has been accused of misappropriating Rs. 21.74 lakhs from PILCOM, the organising committee of the 1996 World Cup and running up of phone bills that run into lakhs, will not be allowed to attend any meeting of the Working Committee during his suspension.
Earlier, the Economic Offences Wing of the Mumbai Police had interrogated the former BCCI president along with board's former treasurers Jyoti Bajpai and Kishore Rungta, in the last week of March and first week of this month following a Bombay High Court order.
USA eager to stage India matches
India have sold TV rights for a series of games in neutral countries over the next five years for 125m. And they see the USA as one of their key markets because of its large expatriate population.
US cricket has been through a difficult period following the national team's involvement in the 2003 Champions Trophy in England. Last year, the International Cricket Council called a halt to its own Project USA because they were not satisfied with the way the game was being run.
And the USA were later banned from taking part in the ICC Intercontinental Cup because two factions vying for control could not agree on a team to represent them in the competition. The situation has improved, however, and last month the ICC agreed to reinstate formal recognition of the USACA, subject to it holding independently-monitored elections of its officials before the end of November.
The ICC has reservations about India's proposals to arrange high profile matches outside its own Future Tours programme. But that will not stop the USACA from doing everything possible to encourage India to bring international cricket to their shores.
Zee Sports bags global telecast rights
The broadcaster has offered $219.15 million for the television, radio and Internet rights in non-ICC member countries where the matches may be played.
The current media rights tender is for a minimum of 25 games and the new venues would include Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Holland, the US, the UK, Canada, Hong Kong, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur. Pakistan, Australia, West Indies and England are the four countries that have confirmed their participation. The forthcoming clash between India and Pakistan in the DLF Cup to be played in Abu Dhabi is the first of the series.
Twenty20 likely to get a boost in India
The ICC plans to hold an invitational Twenty20 tournament in 2007 and a full-fledged World championship two years later. The venues of both these events have not been finalised yet.
Twenty20 is currently very popular in England, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and even in Sri Lanka. In England, it has brought women and children back to cricket.
Cricket is hugely popular in India and the BCCI is probably worried that the miniature version would kill its golden goose, the one-dayers, and the loads of cash that comes with it through television rights. But the ICC plans to introduce the miniature version in small doses, probably two matches in every tour.
When the England Cricket Board planned the ongoing series against India, it had proposed two Twenty20 games, but the BCCI shot down the proposal.
For some time now, the Indian board's argument is that it is not used to Twenty20. Looks like it may not sell for long.
Pakistan Cricket Board under fire for handing over Abu Dhabi rights to BCCI
The PCB has been summoned to appear before the Senate's standing committee on sports and culture on April 10 and furnish details of the two one-dayers at Abu Dhabi on April 18 and 19, it was reported.
The PCB has promised its players an appearance fee of Rs 15 lakh for the two games and has proposed to pay Abu Dhabi Cricket Council a million dollar.
The BCCI has sold the in-stadia rights for the two matches to percept D'mark and was to make a decision on other rights shortly.
The two boards have agreed to donate the profits from the first match to victims of the earthquake in Kashmir last year.
Jagmohan Dalmiya and two other former top board officials faces Economic Offences Wing
Dalmiya along with Kishore Rungta and Jyoti Bajpai, both former BCCI treasurers, were summoned to the West Bengal Police CID headquarters around noon for about two hours and were again interrogated at the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) headquarters at Eden Gardens tonight.
After the first round of interrogation, the EOW officials scrutinised the relevant papers pertaining to the account of PILCOM (Pakistan, India, Lanka Committee) for the 1996 World Cup cricket, maintained at the Indian Overseas Bank branch in South Kolkata's Bhawanipur area.
Emerging from the first round of questioning, Dalmiya said the matter was sub-judice and he could not reveal details.
EOW team leader Sudhir Mahare said the process of interrogating the former BCCI officials would continue tomorrow after the arrival of another Mumbai Police team.
The interrogation was being made as per the directives of the Mumbai High Court.
It had granted interim relief to Dalmiya and others against arrest after they moved court following an FIR filed by BCCI against them with the Mumbai Police for alleged misapropriation of funds, under various sections of the IPC.
Cricket in IndiaCricket is the unofficial national sport of India, and its development has been closely tied up with the history of the country, mirroring many of the political and cultural developments around issues such as race, caste, religion and nationality. Though cricket is indubitably the most popular sport in India, it is not the nation's national sport (a distinction held by field hockey).
Cricket, like field hockey, was first introduced to India by the British. The earliest recorded match was played in 17211 by British sailors on shore leave. With the expansion of British rule throughout the subcontinent, the British took the game with them wherever they went. However, the early history of the game was focused largely on the large cities, particularly Bombay (now Mumbai).
The first Indians to play the game at a high level were the Parsi minority in Bombay. Beginning in 1892, an annual match was played between the Parsis and the Europeans. In 1907, this became a triangular tournament with the Hindus fielding a team, and in 1912 a Muslim team entered what was for twenty years the biggest tournament in Indiathe Bombay Quadrangular.
Among the biggest stars in the early years of Indian cricket were the four Palwankar brothers, Shivram, Ganpat and Vithal but particularly the slow left-arm bowler, Palwankar Baloo. This was particularly noteworthy as the Palwankars were from one of the untouchable castes. Treated as equals on the cricket field, off-field they often faced discrimination. This changed slowly; however, Palwankar Vithal did eventually captain the Hindu team in the quadrangular.
The formation of the Board of Control for Cricket in India in 1929 led to a first Test match with England three years later. In 1935, the Ranji Trophy began; it continues to the present as the leading regional tournament in India, with each state fielding a team. The trophy was a deliberate attempt to avoid the communalism of the quadrangular tournament.
The Indian cricket team has won one Cricket World Cup, in 1983. India also reached the finals in 2003, but lost to Australia. In recent years, Indian cricket has been marked by the intense and occasionally violent rivalry with Pakistan. Furthermore, there were several scandals related to match fixing and gambling, but these were not restricted to India; they plagued several different teams.
International cricket in India generally does not follow a fixed pattern like, for example, the English schedule under which the nation tours other countries during winter and plays at home during the summer. Generally, there has recently been a tendency to play more one-day matches than Test matches.
Ranji TrophyFounded as 'The Cricket Championship of India' at a meeting of the Board of Control for Cricket in India in July 1934. The first Ranji Trophy fixtures took place in the 1934-35 season. Syed Mohammed Hadi of Hyderabad was the first batsman to score a century in the tournament. The Trophy was donated by H.H. Sir Bhupendra Singh Mahinder Baha-dur, Maharajah of Patiala in memory of His late Highness Sir Ranjitsinhji Vibhaji of Nawanagar. In the main, the Ranji Trophy is composed of teams representing the states that make up India. As the political states have multiplied, so have cricket teams, but not every state has a team. Some states have more than one cricket team, e.g. Maharashtra and Gujarat. There are also 'odd' teams like Railways, and Services representing the armed forces. The various teams used to be grouped into zones - North, West, East, Central and South - and the initial matches are played on a league basis within the zones. The top two (till 1991-92), top three teams from each zone then play in a national knock-out competition. Starting with the 2002-03 season, the zonal system has been abandoned and a two-division structure has been adopted with two teams being promoted from the plate league and two relegated from the elite league. If the knockout matches are not finished they are decided on the first-innings lead.
Irani TrophyThe Irani Trophy tournament was conceived during the 1959-60 season to mark the completion of 25 years of the Ranji Trophy championship and was named after the late Z.R. Irani, who was associated with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) from its inception in 1928, till his death in 1970. The first match, played between the Ranji Trophy champions and the Rest of India was played in 1959-60 with the trophy being instituted in the name of Zal Irani, long time treasurer of the Board of Control for Cricket in India and a keen patron of the game. For the first few years, it was played at the fag end of the season. Realising the importance of the fixture, the BCCI moved it to the beginning of the season. Since 1965-66, it has traditionally heralded the start of the new domestic season. The Irani Trophy game ranks very high in popularity and importance. It is one of the few domestic matches that is followed with keen interest by cricket lovers in the country. Leading players take part in the game which has often been a sort of selection trial to pick the Indian team for foreign tours.
Duleep TrophyThe Duleep Trophy competition was started by the Board of Control for Cricket in India in 1961-62 with the aim of providing a greater competitive edge in domestic cricket - because, apart from the knock-out stages of the Ranji Trophy, that competition proved predictable, with Bombay winning for fifteen consecutive years. The Duleep was also meant to help the selectors in assessing form. The original format was that five teams, drawn from the five zones, play each other on a knock-out basis. From the 1993-94 season, the competition has been converted to a league format.
Harbhajan Singh Memorabilia
Singh's Magnificent Hat Trick
On the 1st Day of the 2nd Test, India versus Australia, in March 2001, at Eden Gardens in Kolkata, Harbhajan Singh achieved what no other Indian cricketer had ever done - he snared a magnificent Hat Trick.
Limited Edition Magnificent photographic collage of the three dismissals with the hat trick at Calcutta capturing photograph in each piece being personally signed by Harbhajan Singh. Each piece .encased in a timber frame with Perspex glazing and is supported by A-Tag microchip authentication technology, and comes complete with a Certificate of Authenticity.
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