Banning after-match parties during the domestic T20 league could be one of the solutions to cleanse cricket, BCCI working group chief Jagmohan Dalmiya said on Monday, promising to leave no stone unturned to restore the credibility of the game.
“One possibility could be that. I don’t have any medicine to get instant result. We don’t have any such kind of magic. We will try our best,” he said when asked if he was considering banning post-match parties as a part of his clean up process.
Addressing his first press conference after taking charge of the Indian cricket board from N Srinivasan — who agreed to “step aside”, but not resign — on Sunday, Dalmiya said the goal was to ensure “the good name of cricket is retained”.
On whether he had the powers to take decisions, having made a comeback to the board under an “interim arrangement”, he said, “Wait and see whether I’ve got any power or not. Allow me to settle me in my chair. Hold on, I’ve not passed 24 hours.”
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is without a secretary and treasurer at the moment.
Secretary Sanjay Jagdale and treasurer Ajay Shirke had resigned on Friday, after repeatedly urging Srinivasan to resign on moral grounds in the wake of his son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan’s arrest in connection with the betting scandal in the T20 league.
A senior board official told HT, “According to the BCCI constitution, only the treasurer is authorised to sign cheques. So, you may be able to do without a secretary for a while, but a treasurer is must.”
Dalmiya said secretary Jagdale would not be returning to his post, but treasurer Shirke had been given 24 hours time to make up his mind.
“Jagdale has made it clear that he has no intention to withdraw his resignation. This has been his (Jagdale’s) stand so far,” he said. Talking about Shirke, he said, “We have not received any commitment from him one way or another. I am hopeful he will return and we are going to wait for another 24 hours to get back to us.”
On whether there was a timeline for the probe against Meiyappan, Dalmiya said, “It is a million dollar question. How can there be a timeline. It will depend on how you proceed and how you work.” He refused to term his return to the BCCI top post a comeback. Asked if he would represent the BCCI in the International Cricket Council, Dalmiya said, “No decision yet. I may or may not.”