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BCCI withholds participation in Super Series

Calcutta: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has decided to “withhold participation” in the proposed Super Series. According to president Jagmohan Dalmiya, the decision has been taken “till such time the controversies surrounding the IDI contracts dispute were sorted out.”

Dalmiya, speaking at the end of the annual general meeting BCCI, also said that India’s participation could not be confirmed till the full terms and conditions of the Super Series were known.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has put forward a proposal for the Super Series that constitutes one five-day game and three limited-overs matches. The four games will pit the ICC’s No.1 ranked teams in Tests and ODIs against the Rest of World in both forms.

The first edition of the Super Series has been proposed from September 15 to 27, 2005. A decision on another ICC proposal, Project USA — a tri-series to be held twice in three years in the country — has also been withheld by the BCCI for similar reasons.

The BCCI also expressed concern over the volume of international cricket and decided that it would make a strong representation to the ICC to spread the ten-year programme to a period of 12 to 14 years. “The current programme is too cramped and tough for the players,” Dalmiya said.

It was decided that former India middle-order batsman Pravin Amre will be the chairman of the junior national selection committee. Orissa’s Ranjib Biswal will be East’s representative.

The National Cricket Academy (NCA) will be restructured to give it a more professional outlook. The NCA will move out of Chinnaswamy Stadium and the BCCI will acquire 15 acres of land. “The NCA will be converted into a research centre and laboratory for producing quality cricketers,” Dalmiya remarked.

The BCCI has rejected a proposal for amalgamation from the Women’s Cricket Association of India (WCAI) in 2005, but decided to lend a helping in all matters.

THE COMMITTEES

Working committee: Jagmohan Dalmiya (president), S.K. Nair (secretary), Prof. Ratnakar Shetty (joint secretary), Jyoti Bajpai (treasurer), Ranbir Singh Mahendra, M. Ranga Reddy, Goutam Roy, Narhari Amin, Kamal Morarka (vice presidents),

Delhi, TN, Bengal, Mumbai, UP (permanent Test centres), Haryana, Kerala, NCC, Maharashtra, Rajasthan (centres by zonal rotation), Karnataka, Punjab, Vidarbha and Gujarat (centres that staged Test matches in last two years).

Senior selection committee: Syed Kirmani (chairman, South), Kiran More (West), Kirti Azad (North), Pranab Roy (East), Sanjay Jagdale (Central), S.K. Nair (convenor).

Junior selection committee: Pravin Amre (chairman, West), Anurag Thakur (North), Ranjib Biswal (East), V. Chamundeswarnath (South), Hyder Ali (Central), Prof. Ratnakar Shetty (convenor).

Technical committee: Sunil Gavaskar (chairman), Services nominee (North), Dr M.V. Sreedhar (South), Dr P.K. Misra (East), Rakesh Parikh (West), Gilrez Ali (Central), Dilip Vengsarkar, Bhairab Ganguly, Syed Kirmani, S.K. Nair (convenor).

Senior tournaments committee: Goutam Roy (chairman), Haryana, Goa, Bihar, Mumbai, Vidarbha, S.K. Nair (convenor).

Junior cricket committee: Kamal Morarka (chairman), Ramesh Mahajan (North), S. Haridas (South), Amitabh Choudhary (East), J.U. Mitkar (West), Rakesh Agarwal (Central), Prof. Ratnakar Shetty (convenor).

Umpires’ committee: Ranbir Singh Mahendra (chairman), Prof. R.R. Rohi (north), K.S. Vishwanathan (South), Samiran Chakraborty (East), Vikram Patel (West), M.N. Dorairajan (Central), Prof. Ratnakar Shetty (convenor).

Tour, programme & fixtures committee: M. Ranga Reddy (chairman), Salim Khan (North), Dayanand Narvekar (South), Bikash Barua (East), Hitesh Patel (West), N.R. Choudhary (Central), S.K. Nair (convenor).

Finance committee: N. Srinivasan (chairman), M.P. Pandove, N. Venkata Rao (South), Goutam Dasgupta (East), Niranjan Shah (West), Rajiv Shukla (Central), Jyoti Bajpai (convenor).

Vizzy Trophy committee: Narhari Amin (chairman), Dr S.S. Sareen (Delhi), Pradeep Chauhan (Orissa), V. Jagannathan (Karnataka), Prof. Dayanand Dongaokar (secy general, AIU, nominee of AIU), Prof. Ratnakar Shetty (convenor).

Jharkhand’s affiliation

Meanwhile, Dalmiya has informed the (undivided) Bihar Cricket Association president Amitabh Choudhary that the BCCI intends calling a special general meeting to discuss the issue of the direct affiliation of states likes Jharkhand, Uttaranchal and Chattisgarh, adds Our Special Correspondent.

The special general meeting was to have come about last year itself, but for a case filed in the Chennai High Court. Though that stay order was vacated earlier this month, The Telegraph understands an appeal has been made — idea, of course, being to delay the affiliation of states like Jharkhand.

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