Corruption in the IPL June 3, 2013

No instant cure for Indian cricket, says Dalmiya

ESPNcricinfo staff

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."

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  • Dummy4 on June 4, 2013, 8:22 GMT

    It is not known to me from the BCCI board officers come, so I can only say what an ideal solution would be. BCCI should be run like a private company and should be transparent in its dealings and money matters. It should be ideally run by famous cricketers and professional event managers with good academic qualifications in business management. No politicians and government officers should be allowed to enter it and also its employees should not have a second employment or job of any kind. Like in any other private company the employees should be promoted on merit basis (achieved success) and not based on relations. IPL should be run by a separate company and should allow competition to exist (like ICL).

  • A on June 4, 2013, 1:48 GMT

    Admitting that there is a problem with Indian cricket is a good start. Just having or generating the most money is not enough. Despite the riches thrown up by IPL, clearly that hasn't stopped the players from dabbling in spot fixing. Only the ones caught have had their names made public. The rot could go much deeper. Time will tell. Hopefully BCCI will not try to cover it up but expose those responsible in despoiling the name of Indian cricket.

  • Jay on June 3, 2013, 19:36 GMT

    I have immense respect for Mr. Dalmiya but I still feel he isn't the solution to the current crisis either. We need cricket in India to be run by CRICKETERS. A good mix of ex-players, umpires and a united council of state/Ranji Trophy cricketers (both present and former). No longer should the Indian game be run by politicians, shrewd corporates, and NRIs with no personal stakes in the game. Also, the Indian public must have a say in the way cricket is run in the country. After all, it is their money that has made the BCCI into a mighty organization. So as Mr. Dalmiya put it, Indian cricket has no instant cure. But I am sure it is willing to take a dosage of slow meds rather than nothing. I hope a new framework/constitution is drawn up for the future. Also, the IPL must fall outside the control of the BCCI. Let them examine some popular models from around the world. Most notably, from American pro leagues such as NBA, MLB, NHL, and NFL. God bless India and Indian cricket.

  • Sam on June 3, 2013, 19:19 GMT

    All this confusion about how to replace officials reflect the fact that BCCI does not have clearly written rules regarding governance. People should not just make up rules as they go. Regardless of the scandals, this is not how an organization should operate and the fact that organization has been allowed to run thus far without such basic rules in place suggests structural problems within the organization.

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