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TNCA backtracks on Dalmiya
- BCCI meet Mahendra authorised to decide on RCA chief’s disqualification

Thiruvananthapuram: With the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA) backtracking on the second and final day of the Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI’s) working committee meeting, a contentious issue was resolved without much bloodshed.

TNCA president N. Srinivasan had written to BCCI president Ranbir Singh Mahendra alleging financial irregularities against the board and its immediate past president Jagmohan Dalmiya on the TV rights’ issue. On Friday, Srinivasan withdrew his letters after discussions on the subject.

“Srinivasan has withdrawn the letters and his allegations against Dalmiya' the matter is closed,” Mahendra announced at the end of the two-day meeting.

The BCCI president was authorised to take a decision on the disqualification of Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA) president Lalit Modi after BCCI vice-president Kamal Morarka accused him of ‘suppressing’ details of his conviction in the US when he contested the RCA elections earlier this year. Modi was convicted by a North Carolina court in 1985.

One learns a showcause letter will be issued to Modi. The possibility of suspending him immediately is also being explored.

Meanwhile, Mahendra said the BCCI will continue to pursue the Sourav Ganguly case with the ICC.

Following are the other important decisions taken/discussions held at the working committee:

Itineraries for the tours of Sri Lanka, Zimbabwe and Pakistan approved

Greg Chappell to be provided with support staff like bowling/fielding coach if he asks for one

Media manager to be appointed before September

IOA president Suresh Kalmadi’s letter, seeking to have cricket as one of the disciplines in the 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games, discussed; decision likely at next meeting

Special committee on TV rights to be constituted before calling for fresh tenders

Ordinances brought in by state governments of UP, Rajasthan and Himachal to be opposed

Decision on merger of the women’s cricket body deferred till next meeting; in the meantime, secretary to check with other Test-playing nations how they have tackled the issue

Board to file a suit claiming damage of Rs 10 crore against Netaji Cricket Club which has gone to court challenging Dalmiya’s election as BCCI patron-in-chief

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