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Cricket

Endgame? Fearing SC's hammer, Srinivasan prepares to exit stage
HT Correspondents , Hindustan Times
New Delhi/Mumbai, March 26, 2014
First Published: 20:22 IST(26/3/2014)
Last Updated: 15:57 IST(27/3/2014)

Like the lull before a storm, everything seems to have frozen at the Board of Control for Cricket in India ahead of the Supreme Court hearing on Thursday.

All members have become incommunicado, regular functioning has taken a backseat, and anxiety has heightened in anticipation of the Court's views over the investigation of the betting and fixing scandal in the Indian Premier League.

The man in the eye of the storm, N Srinivasan, meanwhile, maintained silence over his course of action after consulting his legal team and close confidantes in the Board.

Having been given 48 hours by the highest court of the land to resign as BCCI president, and knowing the futility of fighting it, Srinivasan is likely to agree to the Court's observation.

Srinivasan and his team of experts are well aware of the fact that it is potentially a do or die situation. They are treading carefully to ensure he does not take on the Court.

According to sources, the strategy is to adhere to the SC directive that Srinivasan must step down but request the apex court to allow him to continue as the President of the Board before and after the probe period. His counsel will seek a review of the previous observation.

Appeal possible
If it's an unfavourable verdict, Srinivasan will appeal against it. By not resigning now, as it is there's no contempt of court. The court had on Tuesday asked the BCCI chief to quit on his own, and if Srinivasan does not quit, they will pass an order for his removal.

His trusted lieutenant, Board secretary Sanjay Patel, who was in the United Arab Emirates to attend the Asian Cricket Council meeting and oversee the arrangements for the IPL, has cut short his visit and will be with Srinivasan in Chennai when the hearing takes place in Delhi.

His counsel PS Raman also met him at his residence but declined to speak on the issue.

"He (Srinivasan) had a cataract operation in the other eye this morning. I have come to meet him because of that. It is only a courtesy call," Raman told reporters.


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