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HindustanTimes Sun,20 Apr 2014

Cricket

SC verdict out, Srinivasan left to choose his fate
HT Correspondent , Hindustan Times
Mumbai, September 28, 2013
First Published: 02:09 IST(28/9/2013)
Last Updated: 02:11 IST(28/9/2013)

The BCCI is headed for another controversial year following the Supreme Court's ruling against N Srinivasan that he cannot take charge even if elected as president till further orders.

This could mean that the BCCI would remain without a clear head if Srinivasan gets a one-year extension at the annual general meeting (AGM) on Sunday.

Despite the setback, Srinivasan seemed in control, having done the groundwork to be in charge even while not being authorised to chair the AGM.

In fact, given that the deadline for filing of nominations is 4pm (6pm for withdrawal) on Saturday, Srinivasan would have been confirmed of his extension by evening as South Zone stands behind him. His opponents from other zones are helpless for they will need a proposer and ‘seconder' from South Zone as it is their turn to nominate the president.

If anyone felt Srinivasan had lost the moral authority to head the Board after his son-in-law was charge-sheeted in the IPL betting scandal, the Supreme Court's judgment underlined it.

The onus was then on the Board members to thwart the man from putting personal ambition over the credibility of Indian cricket.

The ones who should have taken a stand, stood mute. Even worse, the men who were expected to make the difference were focused on how to get their agenda settled ahead of the AGM. It is amusing that it is Srinivasan who is pulling the strings as all decisions on appointments are expected to be authorised by him.

Those who were lobbying for posts had landed in Chennai on Friday evening while others are expected by Saturday afternoon.

The two key issues will be who will chair the meeting on Sunday and who will head the day-to-day functioning of the president's office if Srinivasan is elected.

It is a call that will be left for Srinivasan to take, said a senior Board member.

Even though Srinivasan holds sway over the Board politics, he will be wary of what the court might hold for him.

"It's an extraordinary decision by the Supreme Court. Generally, they don't interfere in factional feuds. It will be a risk he will be taking now as there is a chance that the future court ruling may force him out of the BCCI completely. If he steps back now and gets a dummy appointed, he can retain the clout for some time," said a Board veteran.

Srinivasan declared that he will be seeking an extension at the AGM.  "Nobody has stopped me from contesting elections and attending the AGM. Before taking my comments, kindly go through the observations made by the honourable Supreme Court. It states clearly that I have not been stopped from attending the AGM and I am also going to contest the election, why shall I not contest the elections?" he said.


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