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MUMBAI:The newly-elected Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president, Shashank Manohar, has promised to initiate stern and practical steps and deliver results in two months to win back the confidence of Indian cricket fans.Within minutes of getting elected unopposed at a Special General Meeting here on Sunday, the 58-year-old lawyer from Nagpur highlighted the issues he would deal with in a proactive manner.“Nothing wrong is being done in the Board. However, a perception has been created in the minds of the people that something is wrong. In order to clear that myth and change the perception, we have to take measures immediately,” he said at the start of his second term.The issue of conflict of interest, which has been on the boil for some years now, has been given top priority by the incoming president. Mr. Manohar also cited corruption as a major challenge.He said efforts would be made to stage the ICC Twenty20 World Cup in India (March-April 2016) in a transparent manner.Mr. Manohar rated the past president, N. Srinivasan, as by far the best secretary of the BCCI, after Jagmohan Dalmiya, and said his endeavour would be to unify all 30 affiliates of the Board. “My term of office is for two years and more; but whatever measures I have explained, they will be implemented in full force in the next two months.”He said he would not use the chairman’s vote and the casting vote till the Memorandum and Rules and Regulations of the BCCI were amended.The newly-elected BCCI president has said that he and others in the Board will not work with a vindictive attitude. He wants to present the BCCI as a single unit, especially with the Supreme Court-appointed Justice R.M. Lodha commission set to recommend best practices and reforms by end of this year.“We don’t want to fight among ourselves. Our first priority is to clean up the image of the Board; the cricket fan is important for us. All 30 affiliated members, including the TNCA, will have to work together,’’ said Manohar, fielding questions at the Cricket Centre here on Sunday.“You all know that the BCCI is a huge brand. This brand has been created because of the love of the fans and the cricket-loving population of this country. Without the support of the fans, it would not have been possible for the board to become this big.“In the last few years the confidence of the cricket loving fans has been shaken due to certain things which unfortunately happened. But leaving it all aside, it is now the duty of all members of the board to build the reputation of the Board and bring it back to its original reputation. For building it (reputation), a lot of administrators have got back.’’
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