Even before taking over the reins of the cash-rich Indian Cricket Board (BCCI), N Srinivasan's man-management skills were put to test on Saturday. The controversial president-elect, having served two years as BCCI secretary, managed to avoid elections for all the posts during the BCCI AGM here on Monday.
However, while succeeding to pacify voices of dissent, it seems that the influential businessman had to pacify a section of voters. As a result, Sanjay Jagdale, the incumbent joint secretary, emerged as the front-runner to take over as secretary.
Jagdale, many believed, was the ideal candidate for the post because of his "unquestionable integrity and inclination to work behind the curtains". Jagdale could be the only one to file his nomination papers before 4pm on Sunday. The news could well be a heart-break for Orissa Cricket Association chief Ranjib Biswal, who had been "promised" the secretary's post. Maharashtra association's president Ajay Shirke was set to be preferred over Saurashtra's Niranjan Shah as treasurer.
It was also confirmed the future of BCCI's CAO, Ratnakar Shetty, will not be discussed until March 2012, when his contract expires. However, don't be surprised if IPL COO Sundar Raman or the Tamil Nadu association secretary Kasi Viswanathan - both Srinivasan's close aides - is handed a bigger responsibility.