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Jagmohan Dalmiya

MUMBAI: All eyes will be on BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur as the top brass of the cricket board will get together in the next fortnight to decide on the way forWard due to sudden demise of Jagmohan Dalmiya.

While the sudden situation which has created a vacuum at the top, the selection or election of the president may not be the easiest of jobs given that BCCI is in a limbo in the current scenario.

While Rajeev Shukla’s name is doing the rounds, the UPCA president and Congress leader would require support from eastern state in order to become the president.

East’s vice-president Gautam Roy could also be a candidate considering he is the senior-most amongst the five VPs having first been elected as vice-president at board’s Gwalior AGM in 1992. But Roy might not have many backers in BCCI. Ditto for Delhi’s CK Khanna, who is the vice-president from Central Zone.

As per BCCI constitution, Thakur will have to convene a Special General Body Meeting to elect the president but it is still not clear whether he can do so considering the next date of the working committee will only be decided after Supreme Court gives its verdict.

According to the BCCI constitution, if a president’s post is vacated midway through his tenure, “the secretary shall within 15 days convene a Special General Body Meeting to elect the President who shall be nominated by at least one Full Member from the zone which proposed the name of the President whose term was cut short prematurely. Such person who is so elected shall hold office till the next elections.”

Now if it would have been a straightaway case, then one of the vice-presidents, technically Roy could have assumed chair but that power equations in BCCI are such that it would not be easy to predict the next move.

Dalmiya died in Kolkata on Sunday at the age of 75.

Dalmiya complained of chest pain and breathing troubles at around 9 pm on Thursday night. He was rushed to BM Birla hospital and doctors monitored his progress.

An Angioplasty was performed on him and his condition remained stable for close to three days. However, he was declared dead on Sunday night.

Dalmiya had served the BCCI for 36 years. He became treasurer of the organisation in 1983 and was instrumental in helping India host the 1987 and 1996 World Cups. He also served as ICC President in 1997. Dalmiya is survived by his wife, his son Abhishek and a daughter.

Ever since he took over as BCCI president, he has been plagued by poor health. There were dissenting voices in the BCCI about his failing health and recently there were calls to remove him from the post of president.