Considering the events that have unfolded in the build up to the Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) elections, the path for board president N Srinivasan to secure another term may not be smooth. But the administrator from Chennai is taking every step possible to ensure that the result is in his favour.
Before the BCCI’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) scheduled for September 29 in Chennai, there is a Special General Meeting (SGM) slated on September 25 in the same city.
With most of the members from the 31 affiliated units who will attend the AGM also likely to be present at the SGM, which will deliberate on former IPL commissioner Lalit Modi’s fate, Srinivasan hopes to keep them in good spirits by planning a luxury trip for them.
Thus, in the three days in between two important meetings, the board members are set to indulge in a relaxed time. “Yes, there are plans to visit near-by places like the Bandipur National Park and stay in resorts there,” a top BCCI office-bearer told HT, before asking, “Who would mind going on a trip and not even spending from their own pockets?”
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If the plan falls in place, the members will not have to travel back and forth for the two meetings.
“Since there are three days in the middle, we will visit close-by places. Those of us who are free will go for it, rest can join us for the meeting,” another BCCI official said.
“After all, it will also help the president ensure that most members are happy with the elections coming up and he enjoys majority on 29th.”
Srinivasan stepped aside as the BCCI president, asking Jagmohan Dalmiya to take interim charge, after his son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan was arrested by the Mumbai Police on allegations of betting on Chennai Super Kings matches in the 2013 Indian Premier League.
However, he has been returning to board activities recently and even chaired the disciplinary committee meeting in New Delhi on Friday.
On Sunday Srinivasan called for a meeting of the affiliated units from the south. “He (Srinivasan) has started work rather early on the elections. You usually have such meetings a day or two before the elections, but he called for it a fortnight in advance,” the BCCI official told HT.
However, Goa Cricket Association (GCA) and Andhra Cricket Association (ACA), who had gone against Srinivasan when the inquiry against Meiyappan was on, were not present at the meeting. While GCA president Vinod Phadke claimed to be busy, the ACA was not invited.
“We had not been informed about this meeting. We just know there is an AGM on 29th,” an ACA official told HT.