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N Srinivasan not happy with ICC revenue-sharing model, to come out all guns blazing

N. Srinivasan is not happy with the revised ICC revenue model and is expected to raise this point in the Special General Meeting of the BCCI on Monday.

cricket Updated: Jun 25, 2017 20:53 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Mumbai
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N Srinivasan will be raising points against the ICC revenue-sharing model at the SGM. (PTI)

Former Indian cricket board president N Srinivasan is expected to come out all guns blazing during Monday’s Special General Meeting (SGM) of the BCCI here.

Srinivasan, who will attend the SGM as executive member of the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA), is expected to make his observations on the revised ICC revenue model, which was approved a few days ago. The BCCI’s share has been cut to $405 million after the ‘Big Three’ arrangement, which was Srinivasan’s brainchild, was dismantled.

During Sunday’s meeting with the Committee of Administrators (CoA), Srinivasan gave glimpses of what could be expected on Monday. “When the CoA brought up the topic of the BCCI finally agreeing to the revised ICC revenue, Srinivasan made it clear that he has a few things to say, which he will in the SGM and not in front of the CoA,” a source told HT.

The meeting between CoA and representatives from West, South and Central zones was over in 15 minutes, while the meeting with the North and East zones went on for nearly an hour.

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The BCCI had authorised acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary to negotiate with the ICC on the revenue model.

Srinivasan is also likely to take the Tamil Nadu Premier League (TNPL) issue with the BCCI after outstation players were barred from participating in the T20 league.

The CoA once again tried to convince the state units to adopt the Lodha Committee report as much as possible during the SGM. The members are expected to again deliberate on the contentious issues. “We were briefed by the CoA to accept the recommendations as much as possible, and approach the Supreme Court on only one or two grounds, which are genuinely difficult to implement,” said a BCCI member.

CoA chief Vinod Rai said he had a fruitful meeting with the state units. “We have been assured that they will implement it (recommendations). If they still have any reservations, they can approach the court,” Rai said after the meeting.

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During Monday’s SGM, the members will once again deliberate on contentious issues such as one-state-one-vote, nine-year tenure at the state and BCCI, cooling-off period and three-selector policy. The age criteria is not much of a concern now, said CoA member Diana Eduljee.

The CoA has also submitted revised rules on conflict of interest for the BCCI members to deliberate on at the SGM.

Meanwhile, Punjab Cricket Association conveyed to the CoA that they are willing to implement the Lodha report in full.

Veteran member of the PCA, GS Walia said, “Nobody wants confrontation. Talking about my state, whatever the Supreme Court says we will agree, we will implement the (Lodha Committee recommendation) in toto and we have conveyed this to the CoA.”

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Amongst the other matters the SGM will discuss are the conduct of cricketing activities in Rajasthan and Jammu & Kashmir, Assam Cricket Association’s request for financial help to build a stadium, and a meeting with the Pakistan Cricket Board in Dubai recently.

Although the Virat Kohli-Anil Kumble saga is not on the agenda, there are high chances of members raising questions on what actually transpired.

First Published: Jun 25, 2017 19:18 IST