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HindustanTimes Thu,31 Jul 2014

Cricket

Meet can pave the way for Srinivasan's return
HT Correspondent , Hindustan Times
Kolkata, July 28, 2013
First Published: 02:04 IST(28/7/2013)
Last Updated: 02:06 IST(28/7/2013)

N Srinivasan's son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan's fate could be discussed in the Board of Control for Cricket in India's (BCCI) working committee meeting here on Sunday.

It is possible the inquiry report of the two former high court judges appointed by the BCCI after the betting scandal broke would be tabled.

Former judges T Jayaram Chouta and R Balasubramanian were put in charge of the internal probe but it is not known if Meiyappan deposed before them. Though both interim chief Jagmohan Dalmiya and secretary Sanjay Patel have said they are yet to get the report, sources in the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) said it would be discussed.

According to a CAB insider, Delhi association president Arun Jaitley is coming on Sunday specifically for the probe committee's report.

If Meiyappan is cleared, the stage would be set for Srinivasan's return. With the annual general meeting scheduled in September, this could be his only chance to get his name cleared.

Srinivasan to miss
Srinivasan, who won't attend the meeting, temporarily stepped aside from the BCCI president's post when demands for his resignation mounted after Meiyappan was arrested a few days before the Indian domestic Twenty20 final.

Apart from the report, the working committee is also likely to discuss the disciplinary committee's findings on allegations of financial misappropriation against Lalit Modi, former chief of the Indian Twenty20 league.

The itinerary for the tour of South Africa is also on the agenda.

The BCCI is seeking to shorten the tour and play two Tests instead of three, and five ODIs instead of seven matches. It's likely the revised schedule will be sent to Cricket South Africa (CSA) after Sunday.

The top agenda in the meeting will be disciplinary committee report investigating alleged embezzlement of funds by Lalit Modi.


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