It is a wait-and-watch strategy for the Indian cricket board members in the all-important week which could decide the future of two of its biggest names in administration — N Srinivasan and Lalit Modi.
According to the original plan, Srinivasan was to lead the charge to seal the fate of Modi before staking his claim for a one-year extension as Board president. However, with Modi, the former IPL commissioner, managing to get a stay from a Delhi court on BCCI’s Special General Body Meeting scheduled in Chennai for September 25, it has led to uncertainty.
The BCCI has now petitioned the Delhi High Court challenging the trial court’s order.
Tickets in hand
While the ongoing court case might have checked BCCI president N Srinivasan’s plan to seek a life ban on Modi, the other board members are waiting. They have kept their plans open and will wait for the Delhi High Court’s directive, likely to be issued on Tuesday, before finalising their schedule for the next two days.
It is learnt that the board members have kept their tickets for Chennai ready to attend the proposed SGM in case the court rules favourably. “We can do nothing except wait for the court’s directive. The hearing is on Tuesday and we can plan for the SGM only if the High Court vacates the stay,” said a board official.
The trial court’s stay may have provided relief to Modi but it has failed to upset the board members, who believe the issue (action against Lalit Modi) doesn’t require immediate attention given the present state of affairs in the BCCI.
“It took three years for the disciplinary committee to complete investigations and submit its report on Modi. So, there is no harm in waiting for one more month. This case is not our priority at this juncture,” said another BCCI official.
Meanwhile, Justice VK Shali on Monday decided to hear the BCCI’s plea challenging the trial court’s order.
She will also hear Modi’s cross-appeal against the decision of the lower court, which had declined to pass an interim order on his petition challenging the appointment of Sanjay Patel and Jagmohan Dalmiya as BCCI secretary and interim president respectively.
The trial court on Saturday restrained BCCI from holding the SGM. It had also granted four days for filing responses and posted the matter for Sep 30.
Bihar body moves SC to restrain Srini from contesting
Press Trust of India
New Delhi: The Cricket Association of Bihar (CAB) approached the Supreme Court seeking to restrain N Srinivasan from contesting for the post of BCCI President at the Annual General Meeting of the Board on September 29.
CAB, in its interim application, also sought interim injunction against the BCCI from inducting Srinivasan in any of its committees till the matter pending in the apex court is decided. CAB is likely to plead before the apex court on Tuesday for an early hearing.
Srini’s election will spell doom: Modi
Former IPL chairman Lalit Modi said it will be “doomsday” for Indian cricket if N Srinivasan gets re-elected. “Across the globe, the fans, advertisers and administrators will be disappointed if Srinivasan gets re-elected. It will be a doomsday for Indian cricket,” said Modi.