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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.

BCCI September Cricket News

High Court notice to BCCI on affiliation issue

A Division bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court has issued notice to the Board of Cricket Control of India (BCCI) on a petition filed by the UT Cricket Association of Chandigarh, which has sought recognition for itself from the board. The petition has been filed by the president of the UT Cricket Assocaition Col (retd) AS Judge, who stated in the petition that in spite of a favourable report by the BCCI, which inspected the facilities at Chandigarh in 1981, no decision has been taken by the board to grant it recognition.
Col Judge further stated in the petition that due to no recognition of the local association no international cricket matches were being played at Chandigarh, despite the fact that the city having all the necessary infrastructure to hold the matches. The court has adjourned the proceedings to November 20.

Dilip Vengsarkar to head BCCI selection panel

Former India cricket captain Dilip Vengsarkar was on Wednesday elected Chairman of the National Selection Committee for two years. Vengsarkar is eligible for election for a third year in September 2008.
While Vengsarkar replaced Kiran More from West Zone, former Hyderabad and India left-arm spinner Venkatapathy Raju replaced Tamil Nadu's V.B. Chandrasekhar in the five-member panel. North, Central and East Zones have retained Bhupinder Singh, Sanjay Jagdale and Ranjib Biswal. The tenure of all five will expire in September 2008.
After the 77th AGM of the BCCI concluded at the Cricket Club of India here, its Treasurer, N. Srinivasan said the incumbent principal office-bearers Sharad Pawar, Niranjan Shah, M.P. Pandove and N. Srinivasan were elected unopposed for two years till September 2008. Member of Parliament from Maharashtra and President of the Uttar Pradesh Cricket Association Rajiv Shukla was elected Vice-President from East Zone. The Assam Cricket Association proposed Shukla's name. The other four Lalit Modi (North), Dayanand Narvekar (South), Chirayu Amin (West) and Shashank Manohar (Central) have retained their positions as Vice-Presidents.

BCCI refuse to sign ICC contract

Cricket powerhouse India are refusing to sign an International Cricket Council agreement which would bind it to global ICC events until 2015.
The cricket board would not say what it was objecting to but said it had written to the ICC. The ICC is aiming to raise hundreds of millions of pounds through the sale of media and sponsorship rights. The ICC, whose existing seven-year media deal expires at the end of the 2007 World Cup, began meetings with broadcasters and media agencies on Tuesday for the sale of rights from late 2007 to 2015.
It is expects to double its existing $550m (291.5m) deal when the new contract is finalised to cover 18 tournaments, including two World Cups, three Champions Trophies and the first two Twenty20 world championships. The Board for Control of Cricket in India caused a major row ahead of the last World Cup in South Africa in 2003 when it declined to sign the participating nations' agreement over the controversial ambush marketing laws enforced by the ICC. The BCCI objected to the clause which prevented its players from advertising products of companies that were rivals of the ICC's official sponsors for a month on either side of the World Cup. India later relented and sent a team for the tournament but the media company which had the rights, the Global Cricket Corporation, withheld almost $47m in payment to the ICC. India are due to host the 2011 World Cup - which forms part of the new agreement - jointly with its South Asian neighbours Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.

BCCI against Hair appointment

India cricket bosses have asked the International Cricket Council not to allow controversial umpire Darrell Hair to officiate in the forthcoming Champions Trophy.
India are hosting the tournament, which is due to begin on October 7, and the country's cricket board (BCCI) have increased speculation over Hair's future by making their appeal to the game's governing body. Hair was at the centre of the first forfeit in Test history in August when Pakistan failed to take the field against England in the fourth Test, following his decision to penalise them for ball-tampering. That incident, as well as his subsequent offer to resign in exchange for a cash pay-off, caused a furore.
"We have written a letter to the ICC asking them not to appoint Hair for the Champions Trophy," BCCI secretary Niranajan Shah confirmed ahead of the board's AGM in Mumbai. "The media focus will be on him, plus there are also chances of crowd trouble during the matches in which he is there. We, as a host, would not want that," Shah added. Pakistan have already said they would prefer Hair not to stand in any of their future matches but earlier this month, the 53-year-old was confident of his chances of appearing.
He told the Courier Mail in Brisbane: "Yes, I am down to umpire in the Champions Trophy and I expect to fulfil that appointment. "I'm not sure what matches I'll be doing but I'm looking forward to it."

Major domestic tournaments to be telecast live

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has decided to rebrand its major domestic competitions for the new season in association with its marketing partner, Nimbus Communications, with a view to rejuvenate domestic cricket.
The elite division Ranji Trophy will henceforth be known as the "Super League for the Ranji Trophy", the plate division as the "Plate League", the inter-state one-day knockout tournament as the "Premier Cup", Deodhar Trophy as the "Star Series for the Deodhar Trophy" and the NKP Salve Challenger Trophy as the "Challenger Series for the NKP Salve Trophy". The Board will be telecasting 72 days of domestic cricket live, including several one-day matches, 80 per cent of which will be day/night affairs. The matches will be shown on Nimbus" new "Neo Sports" channel, which will be launched on Oct 1. Nimbus has managed to sign on Sky Sports (UK), Super Sport (Africa) and Astro (Malaysia) to telecast Indian domestic cricket, Nimbus chairam Harish Thawani informed.

Madras High Court adjourns petition against BCCI polls

The Cricket Association of Pondicherry has moved a writ petition before Madras High Court, seeking to restrain the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) from conducting its 77th Annual General Meeting (AGM), scheduled to be held on September 27 and 28 in Mumbai.
When the petition by CAP, represented by its Honorary Secretary, P Damodaren, came up for hearing before Mr Justice M E N Patrudu, Senior Counsel P S Raman sought time to file a counter. Following this, the judge adjourned the hearing to September 21.
In his petition, Damodaren submitted that the sole motive on the part of the petitioner was to promote the game and spread cricket awareness in the territory, which had been totally neglected intentionally by the BCCI in collusion with its motivated constituent member Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA) over many decades. The BCCI in a letter dated May 16, 2003 addressed to the Chief Administrator, Pondicherry had requested them to identify the cricket controlling authority in the territory that was recognised by the government, the petitioner contended. Accordingly, the BCCI was requested to transact with the petitioner for all the future activities connected with cricket in Pondicherry, by the Chief Minister of Pondicherry. The application dated December 7, 2004 of the petitioner's Association seeking affiliation to the BCCI received scant attention of the BCCI. But till date no reply has been received for reasons best known to them, he contended.

Venkatapathi Raju set to join BCCI selection panel

The BCCI's Annual General Meeting in Mumbai on September 27 and 28 might pale when compared to the high drama witnessed last year when Sharad Pawar took over from Jagmohan Dalmiya but it assumes added significance for the Hyderabad Cricket Association (HCA) because it is its turn to propose South Zone's candidate for the National Selection Committee one of the five men who will be on the panel to select the Indian team for the next couple of years, including the 2007 World Cup in the West Indies.
If things work as planned, SL Venkatapathi Raju will shoulder that responsibility replacing Tamil Nadu's VB Chandrashekar, who served on two committees of one year each. Raju and Dilip Vengsarkar in place of Kiran More from West Zone, again if things work out as planned are the two probable changes in the line-up which also includes Bhupinder Singh from North, Ranjib Biswal from East and Sanjay Jagdale from Central.
The big three from South Zone comprising HCA, Karnataka (KSCA) and Tamil Nadu Cricket Associations (TNCA) follow a rotation policy wherein one candidate from each major association is nominated for a two-year period. The other zones do not follow the same rotation policy and that explains why Kiran More the current chairman was in office for three years.

BCCI goes to Supreme Court on Bihar row

The Board has, finally, knocked the doors of the Supreme Court on the Jharkhand-Bihar row. On Wednesday, the apex court stayed all the proceedings of the Jharkhand High Court but it did not vacate the September 7 "stay order" of the Ranchi High Court.
The High Court on September 7 restrained the BCCI from implementing its August 16 AGM decision of awarding affiliation to the old Bihar Cricket Association. The Ranchi High Court had also passed orders that the Jharkhand State Cricket Association be allowed to attend the Boards Annual General Meeting here on September 27 and 28.
On Tuesday, the BCCI counsels filed a petition seeking a stay on the High Courts order and also sought the transfer of all the Bihar-Jhrakhand-relaated cases to the Madras High Court. A three-judge bench of the Supreme Court , hearing the case, passed an injunction staying all the Ranchi High Court proceedings, including the one scheduled for Friday, and posted the case for September 18. The order was passed by Justice BN Agarwal, Justice PP Nowlikar and Justice L Panta. The Jharkhand-Bihar affiliation has become a triangular legal tangle involving the two state cricket associations and the BCCI. The Board, in its special general meeting in Chennai on August 16, accepted the recommendations of a three-member committee and gave the affiliation to Bihar CA that was formed in 1935. The decision has deprived affiliation to Jharkhand which has been enjoying the official member status since 2004. The JSCA took the matter to the Ranchi High Court immediately after the August 16 AGM and now the whole issue has gone to the Supreme Court.

Cricket in India

Cricket 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 Trophy

Founded 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 Trophy

The 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 Trophy

The 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.

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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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Editor: Nishanth Gopinathan.