He had bailed out N. Srinivasan at his most critical juncture but former ICC and BCCI president Jagmohan Dalmiya has been left in the lurch if the various sub-committees formed at the BCCI’s Annual General Meeting on Sunday is any indication.

The veteran administrator has been re-named as the chairman of the North East Development Committee considered to be one of the least active sub-committees.

In fact three of Dalmiya’s junior colleagues in Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) were given better committees than the former BCCI top boss.

CAB joint secretaries Subir Ganguly and Sujan Mukherjee were inducted into the all-powerful IPL governing council and NCA sub-committees respectively. Treasurer Biswarup Dey has been elevated from NCA sub-committee to finance committee under Gokaraju Gangaraju of Andhra CA.

“Ideally, Mr. Dalmiya shouldn’t have accepted the post of North East development committee chief. But refusing Srinivasan is rubbing him the wrong way and the consequences wouldn’t be that great for Bengal cricket. But no doubt this has been humiliating for him (Dalmiya) and he knows that well,” a senior BCCI official told PTI.

While Dalmiya’s name was making rounds as the chairman of the IPL governing council last night, the appointment of Ranjib Biswal, despite vehement opposition from CAB, was an example that the shrewd Kolkatan has not gained much ground despite playing the role of troubleshooter for the Tamil Nadu strongman.

Dalmiya was made the interim chief of the BCCI when Srinivasan decided to step aside in the wake of IPL-6 spot-fixing scandal and the subsequent arrest of his son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan, who has been chargesheeted by Mumbai Police for illegal betting.

However, there is no denying the fact that Bengal no longer holds the same influence among the eastern units and the astute businessman in Srinivasan cashed in on that by naming Biswal the chief of the IPL governing council.


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