Former ICC chief Dalmiya replaces Srinivasan as BCCI president

NEW DELHI: Former International Cricket Council chief Jagmohan Dalmiya returned as president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India on Monday after current ICC boss Narainswamy Srinivasan was barred from seeking re-election.

In this photo, Jagmohan Dalmiya leaves after addressing a press conference in New Delhi. — AFP/File

Dalmiya emerged as the only candidate after India’s Supreme Court ruled ICC Chairman Srinivasan cannot seek another term as BCCI president while he continues to hold a stake in Indian Premier League team the Chennai Super Kings.

Dalmiya, who was ICC president from 1997-2000 and BCCI president from 2001-2004, was elected unopposed during an annual general meeting in Chennai.

The Supreme Court barred Srinivasan from seeking re-election in January following a conflict of interest case filed by the provincial Cricket Association of Bihar in regard to a spot-fixing probe against Srinivasan’s son-in-law and Chennai Super Kings team principal Gurunath Meiyappan.

The court also ordered the formation of a committee to decide the punishment against Meiyappan and Rajasthan Royals co-owner Raj Kundra, who the court found guilty of betting during the 2013 IPL tournament.

The committee will also suggest reforms and amendments to the BCCI’s rules. The court arrived at the decisions following a probe led by Justice Mukul Mudgal, which had found Meiyappan and Kundra guilty of being in contact with illegal bookmakers.

The fixing controversy erupted after a group of cricketers, including former test bowler Shantakumaran Sreesanth, were arrested for allegedly giving away a minimum number of runs in exchange for money from bookies.