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BCCI flourished in Eden, but hijacked by Tamil Nadu: Bedi

Last updated on: November 12, 2014 01:11 IST

(From left) Bishan Singh Bedi, Jagmohan Dalmiya and Dilip Vengsarkar release a postal stamp to commemorate 150 years of the Eden Gardens. Photograph: PTI

Taking at dig at the Board of Control for Cricket in India's president-in-exile, N Srinivasan, spin legend Bishan Singh Bedi said it is a mystery to see the BCCI, which was born in Delhi and flourished at the Eden Gardens, being hijacked by Tamil Nadu.

"I think it's pertinent to say that the BCCI was born in Delhi at the Roshanara Club. That was a historical moment; but then it flourished at the Eden Gardens. But how the BCCI got hijacked by Tamil Nadu is a mystery for me," said Bedi, a staunch critic of Srinivasan.

‘Eden Gardens gives Melbourne Cricket Ground a lot to chase’

(From left) Bhagwat Chandrasekhar, Bishan Singh Bedi, Jagmohan Dalmiya, Dilip Vengsarkar, Ajit Wadekar and Erapalli Prasanna. Photograph: PTI

Talking on the sidelines of a postal stamp release to commemorate 150 years of the Eden Gardens, Bedi rated the historic ground as one of the best in the world.

"I think this (Eden) is the place; this is the most electrifying cricket centre in the world. Eden Gardens gives Melbourne Cricket Ground a lot to chase. I'm very proud to be here. It's a very nostalgic moment. It has a sporting history," the former India skipper said at the function, which was also attended by Dilip Vengsarkar, Erapalli Prasanna, B S Chandrasekhar and West Indies pace legend Michael Holding.

"I have fond memories of Eden Gardens. I made my Test debut here on January 1 and during the Test we had fire in the stands and teargas in the dressing room. That, for me, was really baptism by fire.

"I would like to mention here that this is a very touching tribute to the one and only (CAB president) Jagmohan Dalmiya."

Recollecting his playing days, Bedi said: "I was always happy to have shared the dressing room with the likes of (Ajit) Wadekar, Prasanna and Vengsarkar."

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