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Sitaram Tambe, BCCI’s longest-serving employee set to retire

Sitaram Tambe has served the BCCI for over four decades handling various responsibilities

The Cricket Centre building in the vicinity of the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai is now a famous landmark, but the oldest employee of the Board of Control for Cricket in India has been serving the association from the time when the Board operated from a small space inside the Cricket Club of India at the Brabourne Stadium.

Sitaram Tambe, a familiar face in the faceless backroom staff that plays a crucial role in smooth conduct of India’s official cricket on a day-to-day basis has been carrying trophies to all parts of India. Traveling across the length and breadth of the country, Tambe mama as he is fondly called ensures that months of hard work that a cricket team puts to earn the coveted trophy get its due when the shining silverware reaches its deserving winner.

A walking ATM of anecdotes, it was Tambe who handed the official selection letter to the Tendulkar household in Bandra informing the family members that a bright teenager with curly hair has been picked to represent India way back in 1989. Incidentally, like Sachin Tendulkar, Tambe was 16 when he first started serving the BCCI. “I had the pleasure of delivering the official letter to Sachin Tendulkar’s father at this residence. When he retired after a 24-year-long career, I had again gone to his house to get his autographs on some souvenirs. On my first visit, he was still a teenager, but on my next, he had become an all-time great,” he recalls with a smile.

While the team selection announcements are now streamed live, back then Tambe mama made trips to the post office to send telegrams to those picked in the squad. In those days, he even doubled up as logistics operator and coordinated with airports and other relevant authorities during Indian team’s foreign visits transporting team’s kit bags.

When the Clive Lloyd-led West Indies (now Windies) arrived in India after the World Cup in 1983, he helped the players get local Indian currency and even suggested hot spots to try out the local cuisine. He fondly remembers the time spent with former greats Lala Amarnath, MAK Pataudi, B. S. Chandrasekhar and Salim Durani.

In over four decades, not once has he misplaced or damaged a trophy. In fact, he is the go-to man when a trophy or a part of it breaks. “I had gone to deliver the Ranji Trophy to Indore last year (2016-17 season) and when I handed it over to the crew there, the top of it broke while the trophy was being removed. It weighs 15 kgs. We called a local expert, took the trophy to his workshop and sat there till the work was complete. By the time we reached the ground with the trophy, it was 2am and when Gujarat were handed the trophy, it was in pristine condition.”

As he approaches the finish line of what has been a marathon run, Tambe mama will make one more trip to Indore with the historic Ranji Trophy to crown the domestic champions of the 2017-18 season. With Tambe mama (grey safari suit), the BCCI will also bid goodbye to their senior employees Dr Vece Paes (extreme right), Jayant Jhaveri (first from left) and B Laxman (second from left) whose contribution has been immense and their experience, invaluable.  

BCCI Staff

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BCCI appoints Mr Saba Karim as GM, Cricket Operations

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announces the appointment of Mr Saba Karim as General Manager, Cricket Operations.

Some of the major responsibilities of Mr Karim include giving strategic direction to the cricket department, implementing the operational plans, budgeting, determining and monitoring the compliance of match playing regulations, standards of venues, administration of Domestic Program.

Mr Karim will assume office from January 1, 2018. He will report to Mr Rahul Johri - CEO, BCCI, and assist him in meeting Board's vision and strategy.

Profile: Mr Karim has a vast knowledge of the game and its intricacies, both at the top and the domestic level having represented India in one Test and 34 ODIs. As wicket-keeper batsman, he played 120 first-class games and 124 List ‘A’ matches in a career spanning close to 18 years.

A prolific run-getter, Mr Karim has a first-class average of 56.66 with 22 centuries and 33 half-centuries that helped him amass over 7000 runs while playing for Bihar first and later Bengal. His playing career received an untimely jolt when he suffered an injury to his right eye in the Asia Cup in Bangladesh following which he had to undergo a surgery.

He was appointed a national selector from the East Zone in 2012 and after completing his term; he took over as a television commentator. Mr Karim also has a corporate background having worked in the Corporate Communications Division of TISCO. 

Amitabh Choudhary

Acting Hon. Secretary


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