No instant cure for Indian cricket, says Dalmiya
Jagmohan Dalmiya, the former BCCI president who will carry out the day-to-day administration of the Indian board following N Srinivasan's decision to step aside temporarily while the investigation into corruption in the IPL is on, has said he is keen to restore Indian cricket's "good name", but did not promise "instant results".
Speaking a day after his appointment as temporary BCCI head, Dalmiya said he did not have "any medicine [with which] you get an instant result. We don't have any such kind of a magic. We will try our best … [to see that] the good name of cricket is retained."
Dalmiya remained noncommittal on whether he will represent India at the ICC while at the BCCI's helm. "I may or may not represent BCCI at ICC, no decision has been taken yet," he said. "I am entitled, it is my choice."
He confirmed that Sanjay Jagdale, who tendered his resignation as BCCI secretary on Friday in wake of the scandal, will not return to his post. However, Ajay Shirke, who stepped down as board treasurer, had still not confirmed his exit, Dalmiya said: "As far as Jagdale is concerned, he has told us that he does not want to continue as secretary. But we have not been able to communicate with Shirke so far. We are hoping that we would be able to get a reply [on whether he has reconsidered his decision] from him by tomorrow. We will wait till tomorrow."
When asked about the process by which Jagdale would be replaced, Dalmiya was again noncommittal: "Whether [the power to appoint a new secretary is] available [to me] or not, you will come know tomorrow. I think I have been given adequate powers by the board. But I am not concerned about whether I have powers or not. My concern is that I want to do my duty."
BCCI aside, Dalmiya has headed the ICC previously, and is widely credited to be one of the chief architects who laid the foundation for Indian cricket to become the financial powerhouse it is. This time though, 73-year-old Dalmiya said he would not be looking to call the shots for too long. "I will be happy if I can serve cricket. That is enough for me. I don't have any wishful thinking."