The new BCCI chief

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Jagmohan Dalmiya was unanimously elected as BCCI president at the Annual General Meeting in Chennai.

The 74-year-old West Bengal strongman was the only nominee for the top job as the deadline ended on Sunday evening. The BCCI’s Annual General Meeting will be held here on Monday.

A former BCCI and ICC president, Mr. Dalmiya had temporarily run the BCCI’s day-to-day affairs in 2013 when N. Srinivasan stepped aside following the IPL spot-fixing and betting scandal. He had been requested by Mr. Srinivasan to do so.

Given his proximity to Mr. Srinivasan over the last three years, Mr. Dalmiya is seen as his candidate.

Interestingly, Sharad Pawar’s faction, who is in the city with his supporters, also projected Mr. Dalmiya as its choice. This also reflected the group’s failure to secure two East Zone votes — for a name to be proposed and seconded – for its own man.

This is the East Zone’s turn to nominate, and Mr. Dalmiya controls two of the six votes in the region: the Cricket Association of Bengal and the National Cricket Club.

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