This blog piece appeared in the Kit-bag section of The National on May 22.

Date: September 23, 2005

Venue: Main lobby, Taj Bengal hotel, Kolkata

Event: AGM and elections of Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI)

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The Taj Bengal hotel lobby. Courtesy Cleartrip.ae

It was break time and Anurag Thakur came out of the main meeting room, looking tired and confused, and plonked himself on a single-seater chair which was almost isolated in a seven-seater sofa set in the busy lobby.

Former union minister for civil aviation Praful Patel came over to him, spoke for a brief two minutes and then headed to the toilet where every one else was headed.

 That toilet was where the media was getting information leaked about the latest developments on the choice of the next president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) in a much-publicised contest among two factions.

No one had much time for Thakur.

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