Many expected that the highly-anticipated dinner hosted by Jagmohan Dalmiya in Kolkata on Saturday would spell doom for BCCI president N Srinivasan. Instead, sources said, the CSK owner hardly faced any opposition and had established his position even before the dinner started.
“Of the 17 members who attended the dinner, not one went against Srinivasan,” said an official. “His detractors, even if they try hard, will not be able to muster more than five members to oppose him.”
Dalmiya, Srinivasan and minister of state for parliamentary affairs Rajiv Shukla entered the hotel within minutes of each other around 8pm and were cooped up in a separate room for most of the dinner — a get-together before the finale of the domestic T20 league. The trio was also among the last to leave.
At the event itself, most avoided the subject of Gurunath Meiyappan, Srinivasan’s son-in-law currently in police custody for his links with the spot-fixing scam. But it was learnt that Srinivasan agreed to suspend him provisionally and set up a three-member enquiry commission.
Sources said the overriding feeling is that Srinivasan will keep the top job unless new links are revealed in the next few days. “So far, he is firmly ensconced. He could have been pressurised to step aside, but the opposition was not strong enough,” said an official.
Arun Jaitley and Anurag Thakur, the president of the Himachal Pradesh Cricket association, skipped the event.