anuraghdalaymaCHENNAI:  Veteran cricket administrator Jagmohan Dalmiya was today unanimously elected President of the BCCI but the N Srinivasan camp suffered a huge setback with the rival faction’s Anurag Thakur beating Sanjay Patel for the post of Secretary at the board’s Annual General Meeting here today.

Barring Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association chief Thakur’s surprise win, ruling camp loyalists swept the elections for the other posts at the much-postponed AGM, where Srinivasan himself could not contest for the President’s post owing to a Supreme Court directive.

Jharkhand Cricket Association’s Amitabha Chodhary was elected the Joint Secretary beating Goa’s Chetan Desai, belonging to the anti-Srinivasan faction, while Haryana’s Anirudh Choudhary won the treasurer’s position by defeating Rajiv Shukla.

While three Vice-Presidents were elected unopposed, the two other positions also went to the Srinivasan faction with T C Mathews (Kerala, west zone) and C K Khanna (Delhi, central zone) winning the polls. Khanna defeated the influential Jyotiraditya Scindia, while Mathews edged past Ravi Sawant.

The three who were elected unopposed are Andhra’s Gokaraju Gangaraju (south zone), Assam’s Goutam Roy (east), with M L Nehru of Jammu and Kashmir representing the north zone.

The road for Dalmiya was cleared after Pawar failed to get a proposer from east zone, prompting the Maratha strongman to pull out of the race.

BJP leader Thakur, it is learnt, won by just one vote over Srinivasan loyalist Patel, a scenario unlikely to have emerged had there not been cross-voting during the election process.

However, the fact that other anti-Srinivasan camp candidates lost the elections proved that cross-voting took place only for Thakur.


India are big tournament team: Brad Hogg

Perth: Former Australia left-arm spinner Brad Hogg is in awe of the current Indian cricket team’s fielding abilities and feels the defending champions are a “big tournament team” and have become the favourites to lift the World Cup.

“The thing which impressed me most about India is their fielding. The time when I was playing we really felt we can get some extra runs on the field, we can take them on in the boundary,” Hogg said.

“But we saw against South Africa the other night, they had two crucial run outs of (AB) de Villiers and (David) Miller and turn the game around. It took the game away from South Africa.

“That extra pressure on the field is going to help their bowlers and batters. That’s why I feel they are starting to become the favourites for the World Cup.”Hogg said India, with three consecutive wins so far, have gotten over the setback of their disappointing Australia tour that preceded the World Cup.

“They (India) are big tournament team. I think they probably have settled down. They had had two months here and all their plans on how to go about in Australian conditions are working. They had a week before this tournament started,” the former chinaman bowler said.

“They have started to bowl better in Australian conditions, their spinners are bowling well as well. It is a lot different here then bowling in India. Their batters are have also started getting used to the extra bounce. But they will be tested against the West Indies next Friday when they come up against pace and bounce on the fast WACA wicket,” said Hogg, who was part of two World Cup winning Australian sides in 2003 and 2007.