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Dalmiya may have special status
- Proposal expected to be placed at SGM

Calcutta: September will see the end of Jagmohan Dalmiya’s three-year term as the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president, but he is likely to wear a new hat immediately thereafter.

According to The Telegraph’s sources, it’s “almost certain” that a Special General Meeting (ahead of the AGM) is going to ‘create’ a post — possibly permanent representative at the International Cricket Council (ICC) or adviser on international relations — which will become functional when Dalmiya leaves the presidency.

As of now, he is going to be succeeded either by savvy BJP leader Arun Jaitley or former BCCI secretary Ranbir Singh Mahendra. Zone-wise, it’s North’s turn, with both eligible.

Significantly, neither Jaitley nor Singh should have reservations over Dalmiya, as he will be taking care of a “critical area.”

As the post is unlikely to be permanent, the BCCI’s constitution won’t have to be amended. Instead, a simple majority is going to suffice. For an amendment, two-thirds’ support at the Special General Meeting will be mandatory.

Dalmiya is a former ICC chief and remains the sub-continent’s most powerful sports administrator. In fact, the influence he still wields within the ICC is extraordinary.

“It’s no secret that Dalmiya has the best contacts… Moreover, given that complex situations keep cropping up, his expertise is going to be needed to ensure that the BCCI is properly heard. In the present times, he is indispensable,” one of the sources pointed out.

Dalmiya, who is in Mumbai, couldn’t be contacted for a comment, but he is understood to have told confidants he “won’t step back” if the institution itself felt his services were to be needed (in a formal capacity) after September.

Privately, Dalmiya’s detractors — who have dwindled in number — too will admit his experience is going to be required.

The Special General Meeting, it’s learnt, won’t only have a post-for-Dalmiya on the agenda. Apparently, the affiliation of Jharkhand, Uttaranchal and Chattisgarh will also be listed.

The meeting’s date is going to be decided at the next working committee sitting.

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