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BCCI rewards loyalists, dissidents shunted out

cricket Updated: Sep 29, 2013 10:15 IST
Firoz Mirza
Firoz Mirza
Hindustan Times
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The threat of an adverse ruling by the Supreme Court is still there, but BCCI president N Srinivasan remains unfazed. On Sunday, he is again set to emerge as the board president at its AGM. The names finalised for various key posts suggest that.

Given the board politics, one can't rule out last minute changes but considering the fact that Srinivasan himself has cleared almost every name after hectic rounds of meetings, all his choices are ready to get the posts.

With all the six state units in South supporting him, it virtually assures his re-election.


Indications are that Sanjay Patel will continue as secretary and Anurag Thakur as the joint secretary. Haryana secretary Anirudh Chaudhary seems to be the biggest gainer as he is poised to become treasurer.

Loyalty matters
Ravi Savant had held the post after Ajay Shirke quit in the wake of the spot-fixing scandal. Chaudhary, the son of former board president, Ranbir Singh Mahendra, has been India team manager often and is currently an IPL governing council member.

Savant, the Mumbai association president who stood by Srinivasan in his difficult days, is likely to be made the new vice-president from West, replacing senior administrator and Saurashtra secretary, Niranjan Shah.

It is learnt Savant was also asked to choose the finance or umpiring committee. He chose the second option, probably keeping in mind the challenges that lie in the finance panel. Andhra secretary, G Ganga Raju, is expected to take up that post.

Detractors out
Niranjan Shah went out of favour when he demanded the constitution of a fresh panel to probe charges against Srinivasan's son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan. Sudhir Dabir, the vice-president from Central Zone, a known loyalist of former board president, Shashank Manohar, is also on his way out.

With Manohar's name cropping up as a possible contestant for the BCCI president's post, the writing was on the wall for Dabir. Rajeev Shukla, the senior Congress politician and former IPL chairman, is likely to replace Dabir.

BJP leader and DDCA president, Arun Jaitley, the North Zone vice-president, has presumably excused himself and the state unit secretary, SP Bansal, is expected to assume charge.