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BCCI meet has drama in store

The Board members are also likely to discuss their reactions to the ICL signings and make a final decision on Kapil Dev’s continuance as NCA chairman, reports G Krishnan.

cricket Updated: Aug 21, 2007 00:52 IST
G Krishnan

The BCCI Special General Meeting and Working Committee meeting in Mumbai on Tuesday, is expected to be an action-packed one. In addition to trying to get through several amendments (mostly cosmetic changes but with a couple of big ones), the Board members are also likely to discuss their reactions to the ICL signings and make a final decision on Kapil Dev’s continuance as NCA chairman. According to sources, they will have no choice but to remove him from the post to prevent a “loss of face”.

The meeting is primarily set to deal with the tricky amendment to the rules and regulations that will see the Board approve the appointment of a president-elect, who will be elected this September and serve for a year before taking over as president next September.

There is also believed to be a division in the ranks on the subject. One section reportedly believes that it would be better to have “elects” for other office-bearers too and not just for the post of president. “The thinking is that if there is a change in the political climate a year from now (when Sharad Pawar, considered the reason why the group sticks together) moves away from the BCCI to the ICC, then it would make things very difficult if the president-elect is from one group and the other three office-bearers (secretary, joint secretary and treasurer) are from another,” said a source.

BCCI vice-president Shashank Manohar is the front-runner for the post of president elect next month, if the amendment is approved. There are three other posts and more than three contenders though, so that could be interesting too.

Meanwhile, the Board’s Infrastructure Committee discussed how to prepare the eight Indian venues for the 2011 World Cup.

A tricky situation will arise when it comes to the permanent advertisement hoardings. The ICC would require all stadia to be "clean" in order to accommodate their own sponsors.