20 June, 2021

All Out For No Loss

Jagmohan Dalmiya dines, woos and tricks his way back to his old haunt

All Out For No Loss
Jagmohan Dalmiya has an uncanny habit of clinching elections. If he is not fighting one, the former chief of the International Cricket Council (ICC) makes sure he is backing the right horse. The only time Dalmiya lost a Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) election was 17 years ago when M.A. Chidambaram won the treasurer's post. Now just when you thought he'd been there, done that, the 61-year-old Calcutta-based businessman came in from the cold last week—unceremoniously ousting A.C. Muthiah, Chidambaram's son, to emerge as the new bcci president in an acrimonious election in Chennai.

It was a close shave for Dalmiya—described by a cricket historian as "the man who outgrew the bcci long ago and almost succeeded in turning Lord's into an Asian zone as icc chief": he won by 17 votes to Muthiah's 13. But this was a remarkable comeback for a man tainted by TV rights scandals and I-T raids last year. Also, Muthiah had pulled out all the stops to ensure his rival's defeat: in the week leading up to the elections, he hosted a grand dinner in Delhi to gauge the support...

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