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Last Updated: Saturday, 5 November 2005, 11:27 GMT
Indian official fuels Ganguly row
By Rajan Chakravarty
BBC News, Delhi

Former BCCI president Jagmohan Dalmiya
Dalmiya remains a powerful figure in Indian cricket
A long-running feud between factions of the Board of Control for Cricket in India shows no signs of abating.

Inderjit Singh Bindra has accused board patron Jagmohan Dalmiya of bringing about captain Sourav Ganguly's removal.

Dalmiya had been seen as pro-Ganguly but the Punjab Cricket Association boss has accused him of swapping sides.

"The moment he realised Ganguly had outlived his utility, he seized the first available opportunity to dump him," Bindra claimed.

Ganguly was replaced as India captain by Rahul Dravid and then removed from the team altogether after a public fall-out with new coach Greg Chappell.

Bindra, who has long been at loggerheads with Dalmiya in a battle for control of Indian cricket's governing body, alleges on the PCA website that the former skipper was the victim of an elaborate plan.

Former India captain Sourav Ganguly with coach Greg Chappell
Ganguly and Chappell had a public row before the skipper was axed

"I have a sneaky suspicion that someone led Ganguly up the garden path by advising him to deliberately make his differences with Greg public," he claimed.

"Then Greg was asked for his version. Then the mother of all leaks, a copy of the confidential e-mail from Greg was quietly handed over to a journalist."

Despite no longer being Board president, Dalmiya is a powerful figure in Indian cricket, occupying the role of patron-in-chief.

And Bindra also claims he influences team selection, saying: "It is common knowledge four out of five selectors report to Kolkata (Calcutta) for instructions."

When asked about the allegations, Mr Bindra told the BBC: "The comments are self-contained. I stand by them."

But current Board vice-president Kamal Morarka responded by describing Bindra's claims as "utter rubbish".

He said: "A month ago, Mr Bindra was accusing Mr Dalmiya of keeping Sourav Ganguly in the side - now he is being blamed for Ganguly's ousting.

"Mr Bindra in one stroke is insulting five men and former players of eminence."

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