CHANDIGARH, SEPT 27 :Punjab Cricket Association secretary MP Pandove was today unanimously elected as treasurer of the Board of Control for Cricket in India in its Annual General Meeting held at Mumbai today.
M. P. Pandove, a first class cricketer, had served his state for five years as captain. He played for over two decades as a player. His university batting record of 507, made in 1962, is still intact.
He holds a Masters Degree in Political Science and is a Law Graduate from Panjab University. His last appointment before retirement was Member of Punjab Public Service Commission at Patiala. He has been honorary secretary of PCA since 1981. He was Chairman of the National Selection Committee (Jr.) and also Senior National Selector for three years.
He is the BCCI joint secretary since November 2005. During his term as Joint Secretary he was responsible for looking after the junior cricket and the results are there for everybody to see with India winning the U-19 World Cup in Malaysia this year.
This is the first time the high profile post of the treasurer will be held by a person from the North. Earlier it has been the domain of people from South and West. Pandove plans to infuse funds into Rural Areas School grounds and infrastructure in the rural sectors as he feels that the Rural Areas of India if properly nurtured and financed can bring out the desired results of spoting raw talent.
He feels that the game of cricket has to be spread far and wide and for this infusing of funds in the Rural Sectors will be his top priority. While stating that he would be close fisted in terms of doling out funds, he made it clear that financial propriety and discipline would be maintained with full transparency for anybody to have a look in at the financial health of the Board and deployment of funds in a proper manner.
He further stated that the funds for state-run academies and regional coaching centers will receive his top priority. The cricket or cricketers will not suffer for want of funds at the appropriate time without any avoidable delay. He further stated that disbursement of funds will be without any fear or favour.