Kolkata: Jun 3, 2013
Banning after match parties during the Indian Premier League (IPL) could be one of the solutions to cleanse cricket, according to BCCI‘s Working Group Chief Jagmohan Dalmiya who on Monday promised to leave no stone unturned to restore the credibility of the game.
Addressing his first press conference since taking over charge from N Srinivasan who stepped aside from his post as BCCI president, Dalmiya said that he will make all efforts to achieve the ultimate goal so that “the good name of cricket is retained”.
Asked whether he would consider banning after-match parties in the IPL as part of his cleaning up process, he said, “One of the possibilities could be that. I don’t have any medicine that you get instant result. We don’t have any such kind of a magic. We will try our best,” he said.
The 73-year-old Dalmiya made it clear that he had powers to fill up vacancies in the Board and will await a final response from Ajay Shirke before taking decisions.
“Sanjay Jagdale and Ajay Shirke were given 24 hours time. Initially, we requested that we have full faith in them and therefore they should carry on and not insist on resignation. They were given 24 hours time. That was Sunday’s position.
“As far as Jagdale is concerned, he has no intention to withdraw resignation. That’s the stand so far. I tried to talk to Shirke, I will wait.
“I’m hopeful that a decision will come out. No decision has been taken as yet. I will wait for another 24 hours,” Dalmiya said.
Dalmiya said that in case both the secretary and treasurer refuse to reconsider their resignations, the vacancies will be filled up.
“As far as the present context, if they are not there, the vacancy will be filled up. It is already in the rules. If there is a vacancy it would be filled up. There are rules for this from President to down below. We will go by the rule book,” he said.
When asked about the constitutional validity of Sunday’s Emergency Working Committee Meeting, which has been questioned by some members, he said, “That’s a personal opinion. I don’t agree with this.”
On whether there was a timeline for the probe against Srinivasan’s son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan and Chennai Super Kings franchise, Dalmiya said, “It is a million dollar question. How can there be a timeline. It will depend on how you proceed and how you work.
“Just 24 hours have past since I took over. Let us wait and not rush through.”
When asked how confident he was in his new role, he said, “I don’t know the capability and capacity of Jagmohan Dalmiya.
“I will not leave any stone unturned so that the good name of cricket is retained.
“All the efforts will be made to achieve the ultimate goal. It is a difficult time through which we are passing. With the help of all the friends, we will be able to find out some kind of solution.”
Dalmiya was also asked whether he had the powers to take decisions, to which he responded, “We will have to wait and see whether I’ve got any power or not. Allow me to settle me in my chair.”
Dalmiya said he had been given a responsibility under difficult circumstances and he could not shy away from it.
“No. This is no comeback. Temporarily I am given a responsibility and I thought this is a time one cannot shy away. That is why I’ve accepted the challenge.”
When asked whether he would represent the BCCI in the ICC during this period, he said, “No decision yet. I may and may not present at the ICC.”
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