Jagmohan Dalmiya: Not aware of N Srinivasan attending ICC annual meet

Jagmohan Dalmiya will be representing India at the ICC Annual Conference © Getty Images

Kolkata: Jun 21, 2013

Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) interim chief Jagmohan Dalmiya will be attending the ICC Annual Conference in London next week as India’s representative, putting an end to the suspense on the issue.

“I will be attending the ICC executive board, Development Board and Annual Conference on behalf of BCCI. It is scheduled from June 27 to 29,” Dalmiya told reporters at the Eden Gardens after the completion of CAB’s Special General Meeting (SGM).

However Dalmiya gave an open-ended reply as to whether BCCI president N Srinivasan, who has stepped aside from the post till investigations into Indian Premier League (IPL) spot-fixing and betting scandals are completed, will also be attending the conference.

Asked specifically whether Srinivasan will also be attending the ICC Annual conference, Dalmiya gave a vague reply “not to my knowledge that Srinivasan is going to the ICC.”

However, with Dalmiya attending all the important meetings during the conference, it now looks highly unlikely that Srinivasan will be going to London.

When asked whether he knew about anyone else attending the meeting, he gave another reply which left everyone guessing.

“I don’t know, say for instance, the Secretary Sanjay Patel will be attending the working committee meeting.”

Patel, it is learnt, will be attending the CEO’s meeting of the ICC.

The veteran administrator said that a lot of issues needs to be taken into consideration before thinking about uniform implementation of DRS.

“Let us reach there and look into it. There are various points, intricacy of those are to be looked into. I want co-operation from all of them.”

Dalmiya stressed that he will have elaborate discussions at the ICC on “cleaning of the game”.

Asked whether the issue of “cleansing of cricket” as he had suggested earlier, would be his priority, Dalmiya said: “Cricket will always happen. It’s an issue which is close to the heart of BCCI or anyone connected to cricket.”

Seeking cooperation from other nations, Dalmiya said: “(This ICC conference and the issue of fixing) Both are two different points and are interconnected. One cannot proceed without other, so cleansing of cricket will always happen and is close to heart of BCCI or anyone connected to cricket.”

He looked a bit defiant when he was asked how will he react if he is pressurised to accept DRS.

“Why would other countries put pressure on us? Can’t we create pressure?” he retorted.

With Indian team playing in the final, Dalmiya said that at this point in time, he is not thinking about what action should be taken about Mahendra Singh Dhoni‘s alleged conflict of interest having financial interest in Rhiti Sports.

“Let us wait, game should not be disturbed. My suggestion would be to wait and try to support cricket without thinking what action should be taken.”