It?s a global phenonemon: Dalmiya
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It?s a global phenonemon: Dalmiya

president of Board of cricket control of india, Jagmohan Dalmiya, told Hindustan Times that he feels the Board is doing enough to prevent ugly incidents at the ground.

india Updated: Nov 17, 2002 14:07 IST

The president of the Board of cricket control of india, Jagmohan Dalmiya, feels that the Board is doing enough to prevent ugly incidents at the ground. Excerpts from an interview:

Don’t you think the Indian cricket Board needs to take strong measures to prevent crowds disrupting matches?

A: We have our own limitations. But we did talk to the Gujarat Chief Minister after the Rajkot incident and provided close circuit television monitors and metal detectors at Ahmedabad so that people could be properly frisked before they entered the stadium. You see, anyone can disrupt a match. What is needed is strong action so that it proves a deterrent to others.

Don’t you think the board should ban those host associations where this kind of trouble takes place?

A: Well, one can do that also. But I don’t think too much can be achieved by that. If the lapse is on the association’s part, definitely some action should be taken. But law and order is not in our hands. I am not condoning anything but at the same time, what can we do? It is something to be worked out between the police and local associations. This trend of crowd violence is not limited to India alone, it is world wide.

Don’t you think the board is to be blamed for primitive facilities at the stadiums which make people lose their temper? Shouldn’t you provide them with better facilities?

A: I don’t agree with you. If that be the argument then how do you explain crowd trouble at the Eden Garden’s (Kolkata). We have the best stadium in the world with excellent facilities for the spectators, and still there are times when they react and force the game to be stopped.

You mean to say that the violence which the football fans indulge in all over the world are due to their sitting in stadiums with poor facilities?

A: This is a worldwide phenomenon. It does not happen in India alone. This year at Lord’s a spectator jumped inside and escorted Sachin to the pavilion. Anything could have happened then. This has happened at Melbourne, in the West Indies, in Pakistan. But having said all this, I am not supporting what has happened. Obviously, something needs to be done and some action has to be taken.

Would you support the International Cricket Council in their efforts to make a law which would ban centers where crowd trouble forces a match to be abandoned?

A: I am not sure what their proposal is. But something has to be done as the security of players and spectators is paramount. I am sure they can guide us and we can together find a solution to this problem.

You have been a cricket administrator for more than two decades now. Why do you think this happens so often in India?

A: When a sport no longer remains sport or entertainment, and means much more to people, such things would happen. A passionate crowd gets upset at small, small things and at times overreacts.

First Published: Nov 17, 2002 01:35 IST