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Jagmohan Dalmiya: The Prometheus of Modern Cricket?

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Jagmohan Dalmiya was the first non-white president of the International Cricket Conference, and the first Asian to preside over any international sport federation. His ascendancy as a non-Bengali businessman in Kolkata and a global cricket administrator was remarkable due to his astute selection of alliance and masterminding of a financial revolution in cricket. His administrative career illustrated cricket’s global expansion and commercial viability‚ and the empowerment of Asian countries like never before. This chapter takes a biographical approach to analysing his contribution, focusing on four major processes: integration of Asian and African nations into a power bloc; judicious use of political influence for developing Indian cricket; simultaneous effort to separate sport and politics; and unprecedented commercialisation of global cricket.

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  1. 1.

    Press release of History of Sport Achievement Awards, http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/press/FHSP_pr.pdf, accessed on 7 July 2016.

  2. 2.

    ‘Dalmiya receives IJHS award’, http://www.espncricinfo.com/india/content/story/213643.html, accessed on 7 July 2016.

  3. 3.

    Jonathan Manley, ‘The International Journal of the History of Sport Announces its History of Sport Achievement Award Winners’, Editors’ Bulletin 1, no. 2 (2005): p. 39.

  4. 4.

    John Bale, ‘The Mysterious Professor Jokl’, in Writing Lives in Sport: Biographies, Life-Histories and Methods, edited by John Bale, Mette Krogh Christensen and Gertrud Pfister (Aarhus: Aarhus University Press, 2004), pp. 25–40.

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    Subhas Dutta, ‘Test Asonno: Kon Bhagyobanra Ticket Pelen Ba Paben’, Khelar Asar 5, no. 34 (1981), pp. 14–15.

  6. 6.

    Amrita Bazar Patrika, 31 January 1980, p. 8.

  7. 7.

    Makrand Waingankar, ‘Past Tense: How the Earlier Boardroom Battles Were Fought…and Lost’, The Times of India, 22 September 2005, p. 21.

  8. 8.

    Boria Majumdar, Twenty-two Yards to Freedom: Social History of Indian Cricket (New Delhi: Penguin, 2004), pp. 408–409.

  9. 9.

    Graham Baker, ‘Stupid Idea, Says Alley’, Daily Mirror, 15 August 1987, p. 33.

  10. 10.

    The Statesman, 2 October 1987, p. 14.

  11. 11.

    TOI, 23 September 1990, p. 20.

  12. 12.

    TOI, 30 December 1990, p. 16.

  13. 13.

    TOI, 4 January 1991, p. 22.

  14. 14.

    Martin Williamson, ‘How the World Cup Became a Commercial Hit’, espncricinfo.com, 5 February 2015, accessed at http://www.espncricinfo.com/wctimeline/content/current/story/824079.html.

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  16. 16.

    ‘Dalmiya among Six Most Powerful Sportspersons’, TOI, 16 June 1996, p. 22.

  17. 17.

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  18. 18.

    David Hopps, ‘Asian Tiger Tweaks Lord’s by the Tail’, The Guardian, 10 July 1996, p. 24.

  19. 19.

    Alan Lee, ‘Controversial Dalmiya’s Intent Rattles Established Order’, The Times, 16 July 1996, 10.

  20. 20.

    Majumdar, Twenty-two Yards to Freedom, p. 417.

  21. 21.

    Pat Gibson, ‘Dalmiya Widens ICC’s Net’, The Times, 9 February 2000.

  22. 22.

    Vivek Chaudhury, ‘Chairman Dalmiya in the Hot Seat’, The Guardian, 1 May 2000, p. A8.

  23. 23.

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  24. 24.

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  25. 25.

    ‘Dalmiya Gets ICC Backing’, The Times, 2 April 1999.

  26. 26.

    Mark Baldwin, ‘Dalmiya Hits Back over Call to Resign’, The Times, 17 April 1999.

  27. 27.

    Christopher Martin-Jenkins, ‘World Cup Profits to Help Cricket’s Growth’, The Times, 22 June 1999.

  28. 28.

    Vivek Chaudhury, ‘Defiant Dalmiya Confronts the Snipers’, The Guardian, 3 November 2001, p. A2.

  29. 29.

    Mike Selvey, ‘Dalmiya Sues over TV Rights Abuse’, The Guardian, 1 May 2000, p. A2.

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  31. 31.

    Bartaman, 22 February 1999, p. 1.

  32. 32.

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  33. 33.

    Sumit Mukherjee, ‘From King-maker to Pariah’, TOI, 17 December 2006, p. 22.

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    Jaywant Lele, I Was ThereMemoirs of a Cricket Administrator (Mumbai: Marine Sports, 2011), p. 12.

  35. 35.

    Nilanjan Dutta, ‘Eye for Test Match Tickets Scheme Draws Flak in Kolkata’, TOI, 1 March 2001, p. 7.

  36. 36.

    ABP, 1 November 2005, p. 7.

  37. 37.

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    Aajkal, 21 December 2005, p. 1.

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    Aajkal, 2 December 2005, p. 1.

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    Mike Atherton, ‘Despair at Modern Cricket? Blame Dalmiya’, The Times, 24 September 2015, p. 66.

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1940::

Born in Rajasthan.

1959::

Became the chairman of his family business.

1963::

Supplied building materials for the Birla Planetarium in Kolkata.

1979::

Joined the BCCI as deputy treasurer.

1983::

Elected the treasurer of the BCCI.

1987::

Organised the World Cup along with colleagues from the BCCI and the PCB.

1990::

Elected the secretary of the BCCI.

1991::

Supported South Africa’s readmission to international cricket and organised their tour of India.

1992::

Re-elected the secretary of the BCCI.

1993::

Sold the television rights to broadcast Indian cricket to a non-governmental enterprise after a landmark court ruling.

1996::

Coordinated the World Cup co-organised by India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

1997::

Elected the president of the ICC.

2001::

Elected the president of the BCCI.

2001::

Confronted the ICC over a ‘racist’ sanction against five Indian cricketers.

2003::

Formed a contract system for cricketers and started pension for former cricketers and umpires.

2004::

Organised the resumption of regular India–Pakistan cricket matches.

2006::

Expelled from the BCCI on corruption charges.

2007::

Resigned as CAB president.

2008::

Elected the president of the CAB.

2010::

Readmitted to the BCCI as no charges were proved and he withdrew his case.

2013::

Became the interim president of the BCCI.

2015::

Elected the president of the BCCI unopposed.

2015::

Died of a cardiac arrest in Kolkata.

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Naha, S. (2018). Jagmohan Dalmiya: The Prometheus of Modern Cricket?. In: Bayle, E., Clastres, P. (eds) Global Sport Leaders. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-76753-6_15

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