Mumbai, July 16: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) could soon have a new president as the incumbent Jagmohan Dalmiya might be asked to step down on health grounds, according to a newspaper report today.
The 75-year-old Dalmiya might be replaced at the Indian cricket board's Annul General Meeting in September.
According to "The Indian Express", quoting an official, secretary Anurag Thakur is "working as both president and secretary of BCCI".
"Technically, Anurag (Thakur) is working both as president and secretary in BCCI at the moment. An institution like the BCCI needs someone who is completely fit. We all know what Dalmiya has done for Indian cricket, but looking at his health, we all feel he should step down. The BCCI will be hosting the ICC T20 World Cup next year and there are many more important decisions to be taken in the months to come," a senior BCCI offical told the newspaper.
Dalmiya took over as BCCI chief in March this year. He returned to the position he held 10 years ago. BCCI's president term is for 3 years.
The report added that Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley will be requested to ask Dalmiya to relinquish the post.
"Dalmiya will only listen to Jaitley. Even before the last elections, Dalmiya had made it clear that he would follow whatever Jaitley said," sources told the newspaper.
It is not the best of times for BCCI at the moment. On Tuesday (July 14), Justice RM Lodha committee suspended IPL franchises Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Rajasthan Royals (RR) for 2 years. Also, Gurunath Meiyappan and Raj Kundra were handed life bans.