N Srinivasan took the war to his backyard where in four weeks he will face the biggest test of his administrative life as he seeks a year’s extension as BCCI president at the annual general meeting (AGM).
It was learnt that Chennai was the venue for the AGM at the ‘president’s prerogative’. Till September 29, Jagmohan Dalmiya will continue to discharge BCCI’s day-to-day functions while Srinivasan prepares for what could be a tricky AGM.
A lot now depends on how BCCI members warm up to Srinivasan who has been named in the notice issued by the Supreme Court on Friday, asking him why a fresh panel to probe the spot-fixing scandal should not be appointed.
The two-member BCCI-appointed panel had found no evidence against the Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals owners.
Indications are that despite Sunday’s calm, Srinivasan might still not have his way at the AGM. “An extension could be sought but that doesn’t mean the members will support the move,” said a Board member after Sunday’s emergent working committee meeting here.
Yet, it could be a cakewalk as well. In the three months since betting allegations surfaced against his son-in-law, Gurunath Meiyappan, Srinivasan was possibly at his most buoyant mood on Sunday.
“I was always relieved. I really don’t understand what the problem is. Did I do anything wrong?,” Srinivasan said. He also cleared the air about the AGM: “Yes, I will chair the meeting.”
Considering how his attempted comeback was spoilt in New Delhi a month ago, the meeting went more than well for Srinivasan.
Putting an end to speculation, interim boss Dalmiya chaired the meeting before inviting Srinivasan to discharge his constitutional and statutory functions.