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HindustanTimes Sat,27 Dec 2014

Cricket

Srinivasan re-elected BCCI chief, can't take charge
Agencies
Chennai, September 28, 2013
First Published: 16:52 IST(28/9/2013)
Last Updated: 01:07 IST(30/9/2013)

N Srinivasan has been re-elected unopposed as the president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for a third year at its annual general meeting in Chennai on Sunday.

But the Tamil Nadu strongman can resume his duties only when the Supreme Court gives its final verdict on the case filed by Cricket Association of Bihar secretary Aditya Verma.

Verma, in his application, also sought to restrain the BCCI from nominating Srinivasan in any of its committees as a member or allow him to participate in any of the proceedings of the board in any capacity.

Srinivasan was the lone presidential candidate put forward by the South Zone, from where he got the proposer and the seconder.

His election was on expected lines despite the fact that he is facing intense criticism on the issue of propriety after his son-in-law and Chennai Super Kings Team principal Gurunath Meiyappan was charge-sheeted in the IPL betting and spot-fixing scandal.

Srinivasan's company India Cements owns Chennai Super Kings.

On Sunday, the defiant BCCI president, who braved scathing criticism on issues of propriety, arrived to attend the Board's annual general meeting. He was accompanied by his loyalists when he arrived at the hotel where the meeting was scheduled. Srinivasan, who was forced to step aside in the wake of the IPL spot-fixing scandal, avoided speaking to the waiting mediapersons and walked straight into the hotel lobby.

"Sorry. Please, I cannot comment on anything now. Please try to understand my situation," said Srinivasan when IANS reached him soon after his unanimous election.

There is a possibility that Srinivasan might again have to appoint Jagmohan Dalmiya as the working head of the Board, but it is unlikely that the president-in-exile will give any additional powers, including signing authorities, to the shrewd Kolkatan.

In that case, Sanjay Patel, who will now become the permanent secretary, will have to sign all the necessary documents till the apex court allows Srinivasan to resume charge.

Despite the Supreme Court making some serious observations like how he has continued being the president despite his son-in-law being charge-sheeted by Mumbai Police in the IPL betting scandal, Srinivasan and his confidants have gone ahead with their plan of retaining the power.

The norm for filing nominations for the post of president is to get a proposer and a seconder from the zone of the incumbent. While the Goa Cricket Association and the Andhra Cricket Association were initially reluctant to support the Tamil Nadu strongman, the 'Cement Baron' from south and his trusted aides used their persuasive skills to perfection to get them on board. With six southern associations (Tamil Nadu CA, Andhra CA, Karnataka State CA, Kerala CA, Hyderabad CA and Goa CA) firmly behind him, the chances of having another candidate to fight against Srinivasan were blown away.
    
Also, the fact that none of the influential voices in the BCCI, including some of the political luminaries, took a stand, made it a tad too easy for him.

During the first half of the AGM, other top office-bearers were also elected unopposed. After Sudhir Dabir, vice President from the central zone and his west zone colleague Niranjan Shah were removed from their positions, Ravi Savant (west) and Rajiv Shukla (central) were brought in.

Another political heavyweight, Arun Jaitley, relinquished the vice-president's position due to his political commitments and was replaced by his Delhi and Districts Cricket Association (DDCA) colleague Sneh Bansal.

While Dabir is considered close to former BCCI chief and Srinivasan's adversary Shashank Manohar, Shah is perceived to be a confidante of another former Board head Sharad Pawar.

Haryana Cricket Association chief Anirudh Chaudhary was elected as treasurer, a post which was to become vacant after Savant was formally made vice-president.


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