The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Saturday rejected a proposal to be the lead partner of the Commonwealth Games 2010 Delhi. Suresh Kalmadi, Chairman of the Organising Committee, CWG 2010 had petitioned the BCCI for a Rs.100-crore assistance and to be the lead partner.

The CWG 2010 is to be held in New Delhi from October 3 to 14. An official statement from the BCCI, after its working committee here, said: “The (working) committee expressed its inability to agree to the request of the Commonwealth Games to be the lead partner by donating Rs. 100 crore.''

Candidature approved

The policy-making working committee has approved the candidature of Alan Isaac, Chairman, New Zealand Cricket, for the post of ICC Vice-President. 

The BCCI was part of the six full-member group of the International Cricket Council (ICC) that had declined the candidature of John Howard, former Australian Prime Minister, at the ICC annual conference in Singapore in the last week of June. Mr. Howard was the joint nominee of Cricket Australia and New Zealand Cricket.

A BCCI press release said that the working committee has noted the satisfactory resolution to the WADA anti-doping issue with the ICC and also announced the appointment of Dr. Vece Paes, former Olympian, as the BCCI Anti-Doping Officer.

The BCCI has decided to withhold the second-instalment disbursement of Rs. 12.5 crore to the All India Football Federation (AIFF). “It will be decided at the AGM in the last week of September,” said a BCCI official.

In August 2009, the BCCI had approved a grant of Rs. 25 crore to the AIFF; in particular to prepare the Indian football team for the Asian Cup 2011.

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