These days Jagmohan Dalmiya is rarely seen in public © IANS
These days Jagmohan Dalmiya is rarely seen in public © IANS

Since Jagmohan Dalmiya took over as the President of Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), a lot has been written and speculated about his health. He is 75 and these days rarely visits his office. Till last year, he was seen in Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) at least twice a week. However, of late Dalmiya is seen in CAB only during important meetings. According to a recent report by Hindustan Times, the BCCI President is suffering from electrolyte imbalance, which results in sudden memory loss. According to doctors, this is quite common for aged people and it is curable. The HT report further added that Dalmia prefers homeopathy medicine instead of allopathy.

Medical experts feel this also can be result of sodium-potassium imbalance. A family member even admitted that Dalmiya’s “sodium levels had gone down,” but adding, “But he has recovered. Right now he is attending his business office every day. You can even go and see for yourself.” There are reports that sections of the BCCI have questioned whether Dalmiya is fit enough to continue as president, but his followers have jumped to his defence. “If he hadn’t been fit, the World T20 final wouldn’t have come to Kolkata [April 3, 2016]. He was prompt in extending Ravi Shastri’s role as team director. Also, the first thing he did after becoming president was to cast off people who were merely sponging off the big names. A man can’t take such actions if his faculties are not sound,” said a BCCI official.

The question now is whether Dalmiya will step aside from the post of BCCI President. According to the BCCI constitution, at least three-fourth of a majority is required to remove a president. Such a move requires a special general meeting. That, according to BCCI officials, is highly unlikely simply because there are not enough numbers against Dalmiya.