In a surprise move, former BCCI president Jamohan Dalmiya today quit as the president of Asian Cricket Council. He also resigned as the chief of Afro-Asian Cricket Association.

He tendered his resignation from both the positions with immediate effect.

In a letter to BCCI President Sharad Pawar late last evening, Dalmiya said, “I had the privilege of being the President of the Asian Cricket Council from 2001-02 and the President of the Afro-Asian Cricket Cooperation from 2004-05. I was, in fact, the first President of the AACC to be elected unanimously.”

“In view of the recent changes in the Board of Control for Cricket in India, however, I feel that it is only appropriate that I tender my resignation with immediate effect from both the positions.”

“Nonetheless, I can assure you of my full support and cooperation as and when required on any matter concerning Indian or international cricket,” the letter, a copy of which was released to the press here, said.

Dalmiya, as of now, is refusing to talk to the media over his decision to quit these posts. His decision comes within days of Sharad Pawar winning the BCCI presidential elections.

The posts that he quit today were seen as positions through which he would continue to be relevant in national and international cricket.

The recent changes at the BCCI have already had immediate effect especially for ZEE Network. After being locked in a battle with the board for the past year and so over Indian cricket TV rights, the network scooped the Indian TV satellite rights of the India vs Sri Lanka. The BCCI is now led by Sharad Pawar, a man who has close bonds with Subhash Chandra of ZEE Network.