BCCI president Jagmohan Dalmiya, who passed away late on Sunday night (i.e. 20th September, 2015), Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Pranab Mukherjee condoled the death of the cricket administrator. The condolences paid by cricket fraternity from Sourav Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar, Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan to VVS Laxman, everyone mourned the death of the veteran cricket administrator. On tragic demise of Mr.Dalmiya, even the cricket world pay their tributes to the one of the greatest administrator of cricket through Twitter, terming it a huge loss for the game of cricket.
Jagmohan Dalmiya was an Indian cricket administrator and businessman from the city of Kolkata. He headed the ICC between 1997 and 2000, and was the President of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB). He played a pivotal role in recognising and unlocking cricket’s commercial potential in India and around the world during his 36 years career. He was often considered the “man who made cricket a global sport“.
Dalmiya’s Masterstroke and TV Rebellion in India
- Mr. Dalmiya’s biggest gift to Indian cricket was to strike a multi-million television deal with World Tel in the early 90’s that went a long way in making BCCI the richest cricketing body in the world.
- Dalmiya was the brain behind India co-hosting the Reliance World Cup in 1987 and then the Wills World Cup in 1996.
- He along with friend turned foe, Inderjit Singh Bindra also defeated the England and Australian block to win the bid for co-hosting 1996 edition in India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
Since then, there was no stopping the man from Kolkata’s New Alipore. He was virtually a ‘One Man Show‘ for the next 15 years in the cricket board.
Key Highlights of Jagmohan Dalmiya
- Jagmohan Dalmiya was elected as the President of the ICC in 1997 and held office for three years.
- Mr. Dalmiya was also elected as the President of the BCCI in 2001.
- Was involved in a major row with the ICC, after its referee Mike Denness found Sachin Tendulkar guilty of technical breach of rules and fined him after the Port Elizabeth Test against South Africa in 2001.
- Virendra Sehwag too got a one-Test ban for excessive appealing. Dalmiya forced the South Africa Board to prevent Denness from officiating the last Test.
- Dalmiya’s casting vote helped Ranbir Singh Mahendra win as BCCI president in 2004.
- In 2006, Mr. Dalmiya was expelled from the board for alleged misappropriation of funds and for refusing to provide certain documents.
- In May 2007, Dalmiya challenged the decision in the Bombay High Court and then in the Supreme Court. He was exonerated after the BCCI couldn’t prove their charges.
- The Calcutta High Court too suspended his expulsion, allowing Dalmiya to contest the 2008 CAB (Cricket Association of Bengal ) elections, which he won. The BCCI revoked Dalmiya’s expulsion in 2010 after he withdrew a civil suit against the board.
- In June 2013, he was appointed BCCI interim president after N Srinivasan stepped aside till the probe into IPL spot-fixing case involving his son-in-law was complete.
- On 2nd March, 2015 Dalmiya returned as BCCI president after a 10-year gap replacing N Srinivasan.
Mr. Dalmiya’s contribution towards World Cricket cannot be quantified. Jagmohan Dalmiya, was the “man who made India the epicentre of world cricket“.