CAB goes to poll; all eyes on Dalmiya

Former BCCI president Jagmohan Dalmiya says he's in it to win it, as the Cricket Association of Bengal elections start on Tuesday.

updated: August 01, 2008 06:34 IST
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All eyes would be on the seasoned cricket administrator Jagmohan Dalmiya who will make a valiant bid to make a comeback in the Cricket Association of Bengal elections tomorrow, having spent 18 months in wilderness.

Confident, on the eve of the CAB election, Dalmiya told PTI, "Naturally, it'll be a win for us (our group). I know I've the support that's why I've come in to the fray..."

Asked whether he feels it will be a cakewalk for him, the former ICC, BCCI and ACC president, said: "I don't believe in speculation. I know we're winning and that's it. The stage was set few months ago.

"I was pressurised (by CAB members) to throw in my hat. They said the Bengal cricket (especially after the Ranji relegation) needs me badly, so I'm here fighting -- for the betterment of state cricket."

Things started hotting up when Dalmiya in early July said he would fight in the CAB polls.

Dalmiya and Company's main agenda was the issue of Bengal's fall to the Plate Division in the Ranji Trophy last season.

CAB could not rope in Tamil Nadu coach W.V. Raman for the upcoming season was also highlighted, among other issues, by the Dalmiya camp.

None of the clubs have so far got the "few lakhs" which the powers-that-be in the Association had promised them for holding the Indian Premier League matches at the Eden Garden, has also become a campaign plank for the dissidents.

The opposition, Prasun Mukherjee camp, however was not bogged down by Dalmiya tactics.