In what turned out to be a perfect script for N Srinivasan at the working committee meeting held in Chennai on Friday, the decks were cleared for the Tamil Nadu cricket chief to seek another term as BCCI president. The Annual General Meeting, where elections for the office-bearers will be held, has been deferred to November 20 and will be held in Srinivasan’s home turf, Chennai.
It was learnt that the only voice of protest was raised by Vidarbha association president, Prakash Dixit, who challenged the decision, terming that it violated the BCCI constitution. But the Board vice-president Rajiv Shukla defended the motion, asserting that the decision to postpone the AGM was being taken after obtaining permission from the Registrar of Societies in Chennai.
Srini at the meeting
Interestingly, Srinivasan was present at the meeting despite the Supreme Court order directing him to stay away from all BCCI activities. “The Committee felicitated Mr. N. Srinivasan on his appointment as chairman of ICC for 2 years from 28th June 2014. He was attending the meeting as a representative of the TNCA,” BCCI Secretary Sanjay Patel said.
While technically Srinivasan is eligible to attend as the TNCA representative, it remains to be seen how the Supreme Court views it. It is the first time since the SC order that Srinivasan has attended a BCCI meeting.
However, there were no discussions or review of the team’s Test debacle in England. The only matter pertaining to the national team that came up was Ravi Shastri’s appointment as team director till the World Cup next year. Shastri will oversee the team as director during the home series against West Indies and the Test series in Australia and then join full-time for the Triseries in Australia and the World Cup.
Fletcher to stay
It was also decided that coach Duncan Fletcher will serve out his contract, which runs till the World Cup. Fielding coach Trevor Penney and bowling coach Joe Dawes have been asked to report to the National Cricket Academy in Bangalore for the remainder of their contract period. Instead, Sanjay Bangar, Bharat Arun and R Sridhar will stay on as support staff till the World Cup.
While almost all the committee and sub-committee reports were ratified unanimously, the Punjab association secy MP Pandove objected to BCCI flouting the rotational policy and allotting matches to its favoured associations.