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Dalmiya may interact with seniors in city

Calcutta: With the Indian cricketers’ departure for New Zealand rescheduled from here, early Sunday, Board president Jagmohan Dalmiya may interact with a couple of seniors on the Player Terms for the 2003 World Cup.

This opportunity, of course, wouldn’t have arisen had the departure been from New Delhi, as earlier scheduled, late Saturday.

Now, the Sourav Ganguly-led team will be boarding a Royal Brunei flight to Singapore en route to coach John Wright’s homeland.

Apparently, a move to advance the team’s (original) departure by a day was shot down both by the players and the Board. Just as well, one could add.

While Dalmiya himself wasn’t available for comment, a well-placed source told The Telegraph it “wouldn’t surprise” if he actually had a closed-door meeting with Sourav, vice-captain Rahul Dravid and senior pro Sachin Tendulkar.

But if that’s not confirmed, what is certain is that Dalmiya will personally see off the team. It’s a gesture which should go down well.

Incidentally, the ICC’s high-powered committee (of which Dalmiya is a member) exclusively dealing with the contentious Terms had another tele-conference Friday afternoon.

Nothing “concrete” has emerged.

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