Sanjay Patel appointed secretary; BCCI to discuss Kundra issue on June 10
Jagmohan Dalmiya has set in motion changes that are the need of the hour to clean up the image of cricket in India.
As the interim president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India, he announced the appointment of Sanjay Patel from Baroda as the new secretary of the board, replacing Sanjay Jagdale.
The important post of treasurer, vacated by the resignation of Ajay Shirke, however has yet to be filled. “We have found a replacement for Jagdale. Patel will be the new secretary. But for the other post we will come back to you later with an announcement,” Dalmiya said yesterday.
On a day that opened another wound in the already massacred IPL, Dalmiya called for patience from all quarters for “the work to get done”. With Raj Kundra, owner of Rajasthan Royals, confessing to betting in IPL, it is now evident that N Srinivasan’s son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan was not the only guilty person in the position of ownership of IPL teams.
“We have heard about Raj Kundra. The BCCI working committee will meet on June 10 in New Delhi and decide on his fate. If found guilty strong action will be taken,” he said.
Dalmiya also announced that no BCCI member will be part of the probe committee set up to look into the match-fixing/betting scandal. “We have full faith in the two retired judges (Justice T Jayaram Chouta and Justice R Balasubramanian).
They will conduct the probe and the BCCI will act on their report,” he said. Asked what was going to be his immediate plan of action, given that the plot is getting murkier by the day, he said: “I too need to gather information from my colleagues in the BCCI. Please have some patience.”
BCCI firm on Dhoni
India skipper MS Dhoni’s conflict of interest issue too was raised but Dalmiya said: “As far as Dhoni issue is concerned, let it come out. At this juncture, we are in the midst of the Champions Trophy. But we are not going to cover it up. Please wait and see.”