N Srinivasan might have attended the ICC executive board meeting in Dubai on April 9 and 10 but the sidelined BCCI chief could find it difficult to do so in future.
Nalini Chidambaram, counsel for petitioner Aditya Verma, secretary of the unrecognised Cricket Association of Bihar, during Tuesday’s hearing in the Supreme Court raised the issue of Srinivasan’s participation in the ICC meeting. She expressed her reservations on Srinivasan representing the BCCI in ICC, something the board’s strongman is adamant on doing despite “stepping aside” as its president. Srinivasan has also been hoping to take over as chairman of the ICC Board in June.
“A person who doesn’t qualify to be the head of the BCCI wants to head the ICC as a representative of the BCCI and wants to serve India’s interests in the ICC. How is it possible?” Chidambaram had told a cricket website in an interview.
Petitioner Verma also confirmed that his counsel objected to Srinivasan representing India in ICC meetings.
“She (Nalini Chidambaram) raised the issue during hearing on Tuesday. He (Srinivasan) attended the ICC meeting last time and we will raise the issue of contempt of court at the right time.
“The court will resume hearing on April 29 and we are hopeful that it will pay heed to our request and debar Srinivasan from attending ICC meetings till the probe is over,” Verma told HT.
However, Srinivasan’s counsel CA Sundaram claimed that his client remains eligible to represent India at the ICC.
“He attended the previous meeting in Dubai as he was eligible to do so. There is no reason why he should be debarred from doing so,” Sundaram told HT.