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Team Pawar set to continue

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The senior and junior selection committees will be elected today


  • Dalmiya's efforts to rope in candidates to contest some posts went in vain
  • A few associations have benefited by the increase in grant for infrastructure development



    READY FOR ANOTHER INNINGS: BCCI President Sharad Pawar is likely to be elected unopposed at the BCCI's 77th AGM on Wednesday. — File Photo: V. Ganesan

    Mumbai: The Sharad Pawar team is all set to take control of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) up to September 2008. On Tuesday, BCCI Secretary Niranjan Shah said that nominations have been received only for Mr. Pawar (President), Mr. Shah (Secretary), Mr. M.P. Pandove (Joint Secretary) and Mr. N. Srinivasan (Treasurer).

    "Goutam Dasgupta (Cricket Association of Bengal) had filed his nomination for the Treasurer's post, but has withdrawn it,'' Shah said.

    Of course, the official outcome of the elections will be announced only at the BCCI's 77th AGM at the Cricket Club of India (CCI) on Wednesday.

    The majority of the five Vice-Presidents are likely to be retained by their respective zones, with only East Zone expected to make a change. The other committees, notably the senior and junior National selection committees, will also be elected on Wednesday.

    Solid support

    On Monday afternoon at the CCI, Mr. Pawar surveyed the work being done at the Brabourne Stadium for the ICC Champions Trophy. After that, he went to the Anandji Dossa Library on the second floor, along with a host of BCCI officials.

    There were about 22 representatives of the BCCI member units, which means that his team is likely to be elected unopposed. Even those who did not vote for him last year have jumped on to the bandwagon.

    It's understood that the former BCCI President Jagmohan Dalmiya, who will have to appear before the Disciplinary Committee on October 10, called up the representatives of at least half-a-dozen member units to persuade them to fight for the posts of Secretary, Joint Secretary and Treasurer.

    He was told that they had proposed and seconded the nominations of Team Pawar.

    Mr. Pawar had told The Hindu a day after his election as President that his priority would be to review the constitution, focus on infrastructure and use the money that flows into the BCCI coffers, instead of keeping it in a bank.

    A handful of associations have benefited by the Rs. four crore to Rs. 10 crore increase for infrastructure development. The BCCI also decided to defray 50 per cent cost for developing a new stadium, the upper limit being Rs. 25 crores.

    Mr. Pawar had said 10 months ago that the one-year term gives him very little time to settle and get down to business. Now that he doesn't have to face an election in 2007, he and his team will have time to mull over the shortcomings and improve things for the betterment of Indian cricket, for the paying spectators in particular.

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