|Preceded by||N. Srinivasan|
|Preceded by||A. C. Muthiah|
|Succeeded by||Ranbir Singh Mahendra|
May 30, 1940 |
Calcutta, British India
|Spouse(s)||Chandralekha Dalmiya (current)|
|Occupation||Co-owner of M. L. Dalmiya & Co.|
Jagmohan Dalmiya, born in Calcutta now Kolkata, West Bengal, India on May 30, 1940, is an Indian cricket administrator. He is also nicknamed in the media as the Machiavelli of Indian cricket, master of realpolitik, the master of comebacks and so on. He is currently the incumbent president of the Cricket Association of Bengal and also interim president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India. He is also a businessman from the city of Kolkata.
Life and career
He studied at the Scottish Church College, Calcutta. He started his career as a wicketkeeper, playing for cricket clubs (including his college team) in Calcutta and had once made a double-century. He joined his father's firm ML Dalmiya and Co. and made it into one of India's top construction firms. His firm constructed Calcutta's M.P.Birla Planetarium in 1963.
He joined the BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India) in 1979, and became its treasurer in 1983 (the year India won the Cricket World Cup) and later, along with bureaucrat Inderjit Singh Bindra helped to win the right to stage the World Cup in South Asia in 1987 and 1996. He has been elected the President of BCCI on numerous occasions. Though initially rejected by many cricket playing nations, despite his winning the ICC Presidential elections by a 25-13 margin in 1996, he was unanimously elected as the chairman of the ICC International Cricket Council a year later in 1997 for a period of three years, a period in which his work greatly helped to enhance the fortunes of ICC.
He was involved in a major row with the ICC over the so-called 'Denness Affair,' where ICC referee and former England captain Mike Denness found Sachin Tendulkar guilty of a technical breach of the rules (misreported in the Indian media as an allegation of ball-tampering) and giving him a fine and suspended sentence, while also banning Virender Sehwag for one match for claiming a catch off a bump ball. There was a major argument and questions were asked in the Indian Parliament. Dalmiya deliberately stirred the trouble by demanding a right of appeal from the ICC, which was refused, and also demanding, in concert with the UCBSA that Denness be replaced as match referee for the following test or it would be cancelled (the UCBSA were very short of money at the time and unable to bear the loss of a cancelled test). Ultimately, as Denness was not permitted to referee the final match of the series by the BCCI and the UCBSA, it was stripped of Test status by the ICC.
In later years, he was often accused by the media of taking the cricket players and spectators for granted, thereby not giving much care to the development of the game's infrastructure in India. In the 2005 BCCI board elections, his candidate Ranbir Singh Mahendra was ousted by Indian government minister Sharad Pawar as the head cricket official of India. Late the following year, he was expelled from the board for alleged misappropriation of funds refusing to provide certain documents. Dalmia challenged the decision and went to the court.
Controversy and return to the BCCI presidency
In December 2006, he was dismissed by the BCCI, for misappropriation of funds allocated for the 1996 World Cup. However, in May 2007, when the issue was taken to the Bombay High Court, and later, the Supreme Court of India, he was exonerated as the BCCI was unable to prove their charge of financial irregularities against him and attributed his dismissal to political interference.
In June 2013, he was appointed as the interim president of the BCCI after N. Srinivasan stepped aside till the probe on Srinivasan's son-in-law's alleged involvement in spot-fixing in the 2013 Indian Premier League is completed.
Awards and recognition
In 2005 he was awarded the International Journal of the History of Sports Achievement award for administrative excellence in global sport.
In 1996, the BBC declared him to be one of the world's top six sports executives. When Australia and West Indies refused to play in terror-scarred Sri Lanka during the 1996 World Cup, he conjured up a united India-Pakistan team in a matter of days to play friendlies against Sri Lanka there. In 1991, when the boycott of South Africa officially ended, he arranged a tour of the South African cricket team in India that went a long way in helping them shed the stigma of apartheid.
Dalmiya’s wife hails from the distinguished Ghosh family of Pathuriaghata. He has a daughter and a son.
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