Dalmiya appointed Board's Patron-in-Chief

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='http://www.ndtv.com/convergence/images/thumbnail/ver1/d/dalmiya.jpg' class='caption'> BCCI President Jagmohan Dalmiya was today anointed as the Board's Patron-in-Chief till 2007.

Updated: February 25, 2007 10:08 IST
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BCCI President Jagmohan Dalmiya was today anointed as the Board's Patron-in-Chief till 2007. Dalmiya will take over as Patron in Chief from October 1. He will relinquish his present post on September 29. The new post will give Dalmiya the right to attend all BCCI and ICC meetings. But, he won't be allowed to vote and will just have an advisory role. The decision was taken at the Annual General Body meeting of the Board. The meeting took note of the Bhopal Civil Court order, which had on Saturday directed BCCI to refrain from taking any decision contrary to its rules while considering the proposal for making the Board President its Patron-in-Chief. The required resolution was passed unanimously after the discussion, BCCI sources said. BCCI defends decision The BCCI defended Dalmiya's appointment as the Patron-in-Chief, saying the move was in accordance with the rules laid down in its constitution since inception. "Dalmiya will be our first Patron-in-Chief although the provision to appoint Patrons or a Patron-in-Chief has been there in the constitution for the last 75 years," BCCI Vice-President Kamal Morarka said. "The BCCI constitution says that the general body can appoint a Patron-in-Chief," he added in an apparent reference to the court order directing BCCI not to take any decision in defiance to its rules. Moraraka clarified that the court had not restrained BCCI from appointing Dalmiya as the Patron-in-Chief, but merely directed it not to violate its rules. With this historic creation of the post of Patron-in-Chief of the BCCI, the big question is whether the Indian Cricket Board will have two power centres from October. (With PTI inputs)

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