The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) can claim to have gained a minor victory by having their man Laxman Sivaramakrishnan to displace the Federation of International Cricketers' Association (FICA) CEO, Tim May, in the International Cricket Council's (ICC) cricket committee for the next three years till 2015.
There are two current players' nominees in the committee headed by Anil Kumble and they are selected through voting by all the captains of the 10 Test playing nations.
According to a report in the South African media, the BCCI had put pressure on the captains to vote for Sivaramakrishnan in place of May.
FICA secretary and chief of South African Cricketers’ Association Tony Irish was quoted as calling it a sad day in cricket governance.
The report said a re-voting was forced, but reliable sources confirmed to HT that it was not required as Sangakkara comfortably topped the votes count followed by Siva.
“Siva’s name has been proposed to be a part of the ICC committee. It has gone for voting and the results are awaited,” a BCCI official told HT. “We are not aware of any such allegations. We don't know when the result will be out,” he added.
May had slammed BCCI in the past for not paying players' dues for the 2010 edition of Champions League. He also backed Daryl Harper, who criticised BCCI for undue influence during India's tour of West Indies in 2011.