Speculation is heating up over who will take the BCCI top job following the expected resignation of N Srinivasan from the post later on Sunday, with names of vice-president Arun Jaitley and former board president Shashank Manohar listed among the favourites.
However, sources say former BCCI chief Sharad Pawar may spring a last-minute surprise. Some pro-West Bengal lobbyists in the board are keeping the name of Jagmohan Dalmiya afloat as a workable interim choice.
They say he has a fair chance in the post-Srinivasan race for the BCCI chair and quote his past record. But, the Cricket Association of Bengal’s (CAB) “no objections” to Jaitley’s name again puts the BJP’s legal luminary way ahead in the race against Sharad Pawar and Shashank Manohar for the top slot.
However, everything depends on the board meeting and how the crisis-hit N Srinivasan behaves amidst various compromise formulae doing the rounds.
It may be recalled that pressure on Srinivasan to step down began to build up soon after two senior board members, BCCI secretary Sanjay Jagdale and treasurer Ajay Shirke resigned.
But, with T20 league chairman Rajiv Shukla’s unexpected exit being viewed as the last push to depose Srinivasan and BCCI’s turning down the latter’s conditions, things have become really tough for the BCCI chief to hold his ground.
The crisis in the BCCI took a whole new dimension after Srinivasan's son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan was arrested for alleged involvement in betting. Srinivasan, whose company India Cements owns CSK, refused to resign despite repeated calls for his ouster, insisting that he did no wrong.