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Back at the helm, but on unsure ground

N Srinivasan may have been re-elected as BCCI president for another year but the Chennai strongman is still on dicey ground with the Supreme Court scheduled to hear a case against him on Monday.

cricket Updated: Sep 30, 2013 02:14 IST
Firoz Mirza
Firoz Mirza
Hindustan Times
N Srinivasan

N Srinivasan may have been re-elected as BCCI president for another year but the Chennai strongman is still on dicey ground with the Supreme Court scheduled to hear a case against him on Monday.

Given the fact that he chaired the meeting on Sunday, the hearing could well turn the heat on Srinivasan. The court on Friday had allowed him to contest the elections but restrained him from taking charge.

The BCCI recently did away with the interim arrangement by appointing secretary, Sanjay Patel, as the official signatory in the absence of Srinivasan. But the move may be of little help if the apex court holds Srinivasan’s act of chairing the meeting as contempt of court.

Meanwhile, Srinivasan had his way while appointing office-bearers for the year 2013-14, and if one studies the proceedings that preceded his extension, it can be assumed that he has an eye on the next election as well while finalising the list of officials.

Considering that it will be East Zone’s turn to nominate a presidential candidate next year, Srinivasan has done more than enough if he decides to contest again.

“There is no such ban which can prevent Srinivasan from contesting next year. If he gets a proposer and seconder from East Zone, we can see him back next year,” said a BCCI official.

The coming year might also prove to be a tough one for cricket administrators from West and North Zone. The zones, which have churned out several international cricketers and given some of the big administrators to Indian cricket, hardly got anything except for Haryana Cricket Association secretary Anirudh Chaudhary’s appointment as treasurer.

As a reward for their solidarity, office-bearers from the East and South Zone emerged as the biggest gainers. Orissa Cricket Association president Ranjib Biswal was named IPL chairman, and if this was not enough, every named member of the committee is either from East or South Zone, except Ravi Shastri, one of the two members of the previous committee, who were retained.

For the record, Amitabh Choudhary is the second member and is the Jharkhand Cricket Association president. “The dice was loaded in Srinivasan’s favour as constitutionally nothing could be done to challenge him this year. We were at the receiving end and IS Bindra (PCA chief) going vocal and the possibility of Sharad Pawar contesting acted as catalysts for creating a hostile environment for us,” said a West Zone member.