Jul 20, 2007 at 08:56pm IST

Court rules Dalmiya dismissal invalid, can contest polls

New Delhi: Former Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) chief Jagmohan Dalmiya, whose career as a cricket administrator had looked all but over, is set to spring back into action as Calcutta High Court stayed his expulsion from the cricket board.

The court also ruled that Dalmiya, who has also been the chief of International Cricket Council (ICC), could contest upcoming elections of the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB).

The High Court ruled that his expulsion from the BCCI on an alleged funds scam was invalid. Dalmiya, a shrewd tactician and an able administrator, got a shot in the arm on the last day of filing nominations for the state association's elections.

Dalmiya, who has held various posts in the BCCI, including that of secretary and president, was not only ousted from the cricket board but also restrained from contesting the CAB elections.

The High Court's stay enables Dalmiya to contest the CAB elections on July 28 and create the possibility of his attending the BCCI meetings.

CAB President Prasun Mukherjee was being considered the favourite to win another term but the scenario might just change after the latest ruling.

Dalmiya's contribution as a cricket administrator has been acknowledged the world over and he was instrumental in getting the Asian countries to have more say in global cricket administration.

He helped form the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) and also played a big role in taking the game to countries other than the core cricketing nations.

In September 2004, his protege Ranbir Singh Mahendra pipped Sharad Pawar to the post of BCCI president on the strength of outgoing president Dalmiya's casting vote.

That election was followed by a fierce fight between the two factions, which included court tussles.

Pawar, a Union minister, however, used his political clout to win the elections held in November 2005.

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