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The decision came up on the concluding day of the 74th annual general meeting here on Sunday. Announcing the decisions, the BCCI President Jagmohan Dalmiya said the ICC's 10-year programme was punishing for the players. "We are concerned with the amount of cricket that is being played today.''
The ICC schedule was too cramped, he said. The 10-year programme which stipulated a country would have to play two home and away series (a total of four series) was punishing schedule. The general body of the Board thus decided to request the ICC to keep the format same, but spread it over 14 years instead of completing it in 10 years, said the President.
The meeting also decided to keep in abeyance a decision on India's participation in the Super Series in which the world's best teams in Test and one-day international would play rest of the world teams. The general body felt that the board should withhold its participation in the super series until such time the controversies surrounding the IDI were sorted out.
The BCCI also put on hold it participation in a cricket promotion project in the United States. The ICC wanted India to play two tri-series in the U.S. under its "Project USA'' programme. But the BCCI had decided to put on hold a decision on the matter till such time that all pending issues between the ICC and the BCCI were cleared, said Mr. Dalmiya.
The President also said that he was "optimistic'' about the early resumption of the India-Pakistan cricket ties. He said the AGM discussed the current status of Indo-Pak cricketing ties and expressed satisfaction over the recent developments which were seen as positive. The Government's decision to allow matches between the two countries at junior level were indications that things were moving in the right direction, he said before adding "but we cannot say anything unless we get the permission officially.''
Among the other important decisions in the meeting on the concluding day, former star wicket-keeper Syed Mujtaba Kirmani was elected the chief selector of the Indian cricket team. Former Test batsman Praveen Amre will be the chairman of the selection committee for the juniors. Besides this the BCCI reviewed the working of the National Cricket Academy, which would be turned into a "research centre-cum-laboratory'' for producing cricketers. For this, the NCA has to be shifted to a larger place. The BCCI is acquiring 15 acres of land to shift the academy out of the Chinnaswamy Stadium (Bangalore),'' Mr. Dalmiya said. The new venue should be in place within a year.
The President also informed that the BCCI couldn't honour a request from the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) to hold some charity matches for building a trust for athletes. "It was impossible to find a slot for the matches, so this request can not be kept,'' Dalmiya said. The BCCI also rejected the proposal of the Women's Cricket Association of India to merge with the board. "But, we will lend them a helping hand whenever they need it,'' Dalmiya said.
Working Committee: Jagmohan Dalmiya (President), S.K. Nair (Secretary), Prof. R.S. Shetty (Joint Secretary), Jyoti Bajpai (Treasurer), Ranbir Singh Mahendra, M. Ranga Reddy, Goutam Roy, Narhari Amin, Kamal Morarka (vice-presidents).
Delhi, Tamil Nadu, Bengal, Mumbai, Uttar Pradesh (Permanent Test Centres), Haryana, Kerala, NCC, Maharashtra, Rajasthan (centres by zonal rotation), Karnataka, Punjab, Vidarbha and Gujarat (centres that staged Test Matches in last two years).
Senior selection committee: Syed Kirmani (Chairman-South), Kiran More (West), Kirti Azad (North), Pranab Roy (East), Sanjay Jagdale (Central), S.K. Nair (Convenor).
Junior selection committee: Pravin Amre (Chairman-West), Anurag Thakur (North), Ranjib Biswal (East), V. Chamundeswarnath (South) Hyder Ali (Central), Prof. R.S. Shetty (Convenor). Technical committee: Sunil Gavaskar (Chairman), Services nominee (North), Dr. M.V. Sreedhar (South), Dr. P.K. Misra (East), Rakesh Parikh (West), Gilrez Ali (Central), Dilip Vengsarkar (former Test cricketer), Bhairab Ganguly (former Test umpire), Syed Kirmani (Chairman, senior selectors), S.K. Nair (Convenor).
Senior tournaments committee: Goutam Roy (Chairman), Haryana, Goa, Bihar, Mumbai, Vidarbha, S.K. Nair (Convenor).
Junior cricket committee: Kamal Morarka (Chairman), Ramesh Mahajan (North), S. Haridas (South), Amitabh Choudhary (East), J.U. Mitkar (West), Rakesh Agarwal (Central), Prof. R.S. Shetty (convenor).
Umpires' committee: Ranbir Singh Mahendra (Chairman), Prof. R.R. Rohi (North), K.S. Vishwanathan (South), Samiran Chakraborty (East), Vikram Patel (West), M.N. Dorairajan (Central), Prof. R.S. Shetty (Convenor).
Tour, programme & fixtures committee: M. Ranga Reddy (Chairman), Salim Khan (North), Dayanand Narvekar (South), Bikash Barua (East), Hitesh Patel (West), N.R. Choudhary (Central), S.K. Nair (Convenor).
Finance committee: N. Srinivasan (Chairman), M.P. Pandove, N. Venkata Rao (South), Goutam Dasgupta (East), Niranjan Shah (West), Rajiv Shukla (Central), Jyoti Bajpai (Convenor).
Vizzy Trophy committee: Narhari Amin (Chairman), Dr. S.S. Sareen (Delhi), Pradeep Chauhan (Orissa), V. Jagannathan (Karnataka), Prof. Dayanad Dongaokar (secretary AIU, Nominee of AIU), Prof. R.S. Shetty (Convenor).
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