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HindustanTimes Fri,25 Jul 2014

Cricket

Quiet joy as Srinivasan expected to hold sway
Somshuvra Laha , Hindustan Times
Kolkata, March 29, 2014
First Published: 01:07 IST(29/3/2014)
Last Updated: 01:09 IST(29/3/2014)

As of now, there is a win-win feeling within the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) following the decisions taken by the Supreme Court on Friday.

By allowing Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals to participate in this season’s Indian Premier League, the Supreme Court has decided in favour of cricket, feel BCCI officials.

“I welcome today’s verdict. That the IPL will go on as per schedule is very good news for us. Moreover, the way the case has been going on, my feeling is N Srinivasan and MS Dhoni should come out unscathed,” IPL governing council member Subir Ganguly told HT.

The other decision to have Sunil Gavaskar as head of the BCCI only for IPL 7 right now means Srinivasan would be kept out of everything related to the T20 event. But it might not mean Srinivasan won’t be in the loop.

In charge
Officially, Ranjib Biswal is the IPL governing council chairman and is vested with the authority to convene meetings. On paper, Biswal is in charge of IPL affairs along with IPL COO, Sunder Raman, who looks after its day-to-day functioning.

But both, along with a few other governing council members, are reportedly close to Srinivasan, who used to make it a point to attend as many IPL governing council meetings as possible even though he wasn’t required to be present officially. According to sources, Srinivasan ensured he had the last say in most of the decisions regarding the IPL.

According to a BCCI official in the know of things, the present situation demands that Gavaskar should be placed above Biswal and Raman but it isn’t likely to change the power structure much. “Let’s put it this way. It’s a win-win situation for Srinivasan till the next hearing on April 16. Putting Gavaskar as head of BCCI for the IPL is a way to project the board’s intentions of seeking a clean image,” said the official, indicating that Srinivasan might still exercise some control indirectly.

The Supreme Court has left Gavaskar to decide whether Raman should continue as IPL CEO but according to the BCCI official, it is unlikely Raman would lose his job. “Who would do Raman’s job now? I don’t think Gavaskar will risk doing away with Raman with the IPL less than 20 days away. If at all, Gavaskar might seek his co-operation,” he said.

Overall it means that in making him step aside and not resign, not much is going to change in the functioning of the BCCI. With the fear of him returning to assume power, Srinivasan’s influence will continue in every sphere of its function. All the members are likely to consider his views before making any decision.

As for Srinivasan’s return to power, it hinges on the new investigation that the Supreme Court orders into the allegations. The India Cements boss has so far been expressing confidence of getting a clean chit on the basis that he has not done anything and he cannot be punished for his son-in-law Gurunath Meiyyapan’s conduct.


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