Setback to Srinivasan’s comeback plans, uncertainty ahead
The Indian cricket board’s administration has been a mess since its president N Srinivasan lost control following the betting and spot-fixing scandal.
Now the Bombay high court has termed illegal the Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) move setting up the two-member panel of former high court judges that gave a clean chit to Srinivasan.
Despite Srinivasan remaining defiant and insisting he will attend the BCCI working committee meeting on August 2, the board is likely to be without a clear leader for the next two months till the elections expected to be held at its annual general meeting in September.
Srinivasan’s control over the BCCI started to erode when his son-in-law, Gurunath Meiyappan, was arrested by the Mumbai crime branch in connection with the betting scandal that rocked season six of the domestic T20 League scandal.
His chances of a triumphant comeback after the clean chit from the BCCI-appointed probe panel have suffered a setback with Tuesday’s high court ruling.
With the other big names in cricket administration still reluctant to accept the leadership responsibility, there is no clarity on the future functioning of the Board.
In all probability, the current arrangement of Jagmohan Dalmiya being at the helm for day-to-day functioning will continue till the elections.
Even though Sanjay Patel and Ravi Savant have been appointed secretary and treasurer respectively, those close to the developments believe their appointment is unconstitutional.
“Till their appointment is ratified in an SGM (special general meeting), they have no legal standing. Even though two working committees have been held, there has been no SGM,” Board veteran JY Lele told HT.
Lele said that under the BCCI’s constitution, Srinivasan had no right to continue in the board.
“The Board constitution is clear that if any close relative of a (T20) franchise owner is found in any sought of misconduct, he has no right to stay. The moment Meiyappan admitted to the police that he had indulged in betting, Srinivasan's term [as BCCI president] ends,” Lele claimed.