BCCI election 2013 September 29, 2013

Srinivasan re-elected, Biswal named IPL chairman

ESPNcricinfo staff

11.35am N Srinivasan has been re-elected the BCCI president for a one-year second term. He was the only contestant for the post: it would have taken nominations from two boards from the south zone to even force an election. However, Srinivasan cannot take charge as president until India's Supreme Court announces its verdict on the Special Leave Petition filed by the Cricket Association of Bihar against the BCCI's probe panel formed to investigate corruption in the IPL. The Supreme Court's next hearing is scheduled for Monday.

The AGM, which began at 11am, continues. Some of the other issues on the table are the selection of other important officials including vice-presidents, secretary, treasurer and IPL chairman. The impasse over the tour to South Africa is also likely to be discussed.

Noon The other big news coming is that - as expected - Sanjay Patel and Anirudh Chaudhury have been named the BCCI secretary and treasurer respectively. Vacancies for these posts were created when Sanjay Jagdale and Ajay Shirke resigned in protest against how the inquiry into the IPL betting scandal was handled.

Baroda's Patel was the interim secretary already so this was a mere confirmation. Chaudhury has replaced the interim treasurer Ravi Savant, who is likely to be named the vice-president from the west zone. Haryana Cricket Association's Chaudhury is the son of former BCCI president, Ranbir Mahendra, who was a known Jagmohan Dalmiya ally.

12.15pm Sneh Bansal (north), Ravi Savant (west) and Rajiv Shukla (central) have replaced Arun Jaitley, Niranjan Shah and Sudhir Dabir as vice-presidents. Shivlal Yadav and Chitrak Mitra have held on to their vice-presidency from south and east zone.

Jaitley, leader of the opposition in Rajya Sabha, is understood to have pulled out because he will be busy with next year's general elections. Shah and Dabir, though, are understood to be from the anti-Srinivasan camp. Shah's replacement - Savant - emerged as a Srinivasan ally during the betting scandal, and was even the interim treasurer after Shirke resigned. Vidarbha's Dabir is considered to be a Shashank Manohar-Sharad Pawar man. His replacement, Shukla, a junior minister in the national government who resigned as IPL chairman, is considered to be the BCCI's problem solver in New Delhi.

1.15pm After long deliberation, Ranjib Biswal, the Orissa Cricket Association chief, has been named the IPL chairman. Biswal, who was the team manager when India won the World Cup in 2011, and Jagmohan Dalmiya, who is the interim president in Srinivasan's absence, were the two leading candidates for the post last night. The decision on the IPL chairman has featured the longest debate so far in the AGM.

Biswal, a former Orissa allrounder with five first-class hundreds and 153 wickets in 41 matches, was also been the National Cricket Academy (NCA) chairman in the past. Kerala's TC Mathew will now replace him as NCA chairman. Biswal also captained India Under-19 in 1989

1.30pm Among other appointments, Andhra's G Ganga Raju has been named the head of the BCCI's finance committee. Andhra's staying with Srinivasan was crucial because only a split in the south zone could have caused an election for the president post. Raju has replaced Jyotiraditya Scindia, one of the first to openly question Srinivasan's continuing as the president.

Jharkhand's Amitabh Choudhary has replaced Jammu & Kashmir's Farooq Abdullah as the head of the marketing committee. This committee might have a lot of work ahead. The search for a title sponsor is already on, and if Sahara doesn't continue its deal a new team sponsor will need to be found.

1.40pm In a politician-for-politician switch, Rajiv Shukla has replaced Arun Jaitley as the head of the tour, programme and fixture committee.

Goa's Vinod Phadke is the new media committee chief, replacing Rajasthan's CP Joshi.

1.50pm First minor surprise of the day. Former Baroda batsman Connor Williams has replaced former India wicket-keeper Chandrakant Pandit in the junior selection committee.

2.20pm A new committee to promote cricket in north-eastern parts of India has been formed. Jagmohan Dalmiya will head the north-east development committee. Currently there are two Ranji teams from the north-east: Assam and Tripura

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  • Nishanth on September 30, 2013, 8:05 GMT

    Dhoni is a very happy man.

  • David on September 30, 2013, 4:14 GMT

    @ TheUltimateTruth points out that ". Neither the Madras court nor the supreme court has found Srinivasan guilty..."

    The supreme court has NOT rendered a final verdict.

    Justice JM Panchal held Srinivasan didn't violate Clause 6.2.4. because t20/IPL postdates the clause. That fails to address the INTENT of the clause: to prevent ANY office bearer from holding commercial interests in BCCI events. If 6.2.4. does not apply to t20, WHY WAS IT AMENDED?

    Justice Misra found "Srinivasan was privy to highly sensitive information about the bidding process, the design of the tender, the rules of the game, future (IPL) plans ..I find it is correct to submit that no artificial ... walls... exist between the multiple personalities & activities of Srinivasan both as tender issuer & as a bidder…" She addresses the INTENT of the clause, & nothing indicates the scope of the clause was INTENDED to be limited.

  • suresh kumar on September 30, 2013, 3:49 GMT

    @greatest_game: "first step in india's isolation from international cricket", i think you are living isolated world without realising the reality. Do you think world cricket survive without india? Ask SA, ZIM, SL, WI and others, expect england (maybe). india generates 3/4 of world's cricket total revenue we need Strong leader like Srinivasan, who has ability to repel unwanted pressure that favours eng and aus teams. ICC wants indian wealth to develop world cricket (through odi world cup) but does not accept our concerns (eg: drs, two ball rule), to counter these we need strong man like srinivasan.

    And also we need a person who gives first preference to indian cricket and protect its intrest, bcz thousands of indians playing cricket professionally, bcci needs to employ them, if bcci runs a charity how would people involving cricket feed their family. Whether you guys like IPL or not, it is here to stay.

  • vas on September 30, 2013, 3:21 GMT

    @Greatest game, Bcci rules and regulations are such that whenever new situations crop up they are allowed to amend rules.T20 was one such scenario. srinivasan owns only 0.05% of shares in india cements. How can he be called an owner? India cements have more than 100,000 share holders. Bcci was against icl for various reasons. Players leaving bcci domestic competitions depleted the domestic set up. If it ignored one such league what was stopping other such leagues from forming? Did bcci stop the icl? No, icl continued regardless of bcci noises but because of poor fan following it folded by itself. Because players joined icl for purely financial reasons Bcci even started corporate trophy to give icl players job security.

  • Dummy4 on September 30, 2013, 2:36 GMT

    Howzzat! srini is "NOT OUT"!Onlty the IPL chairman is "caught and bowled"!

    R.I.P morality and modesty in Indian cricket!

  • Abdullah on September 30, 2013, 0:43 GMT

    i dont' care what happened at 11 am or 1 pm. the only thing dat did not happen is finalizing the SA tour because all of you are afraid of innings' defeats in as many tests you will play. having a joke WI and Aus team over in India instead of SA tour. why such cowardice? innings defeat is inevitable.. at least try to fight it. pathetic

  • venkat on September 29, 2013, 21:01 GMT

    @Greatest_Game, a more detailed comment of mine unfortunately didn't get published. Here is a shorter version. Neither the Madras court nor the supreme court has found Srinivasan guilty after hearing Muthiah's complaint. So, I am afraid, he has not broken any laws. Besides, he was elected President well after Muthiah's objections were widely publicized. So, the associations did not find it to be an issue. We can't deride Srinivasan for that now. Finally, Muthiah's vendetta against Srinivasan is widely known. History. Study it fully.

  • venkat on September 29, 2013, 20:37 GMT

    @Greatest_Game, IPL does not interfere with test cricket. There are the likes of Cook, Trott, Amla, and Pujara who are doing just fine in test cricket without IPL success. But it is popularizing the game and bringing in new interest. I am surprised that anybody is against it. It offers a livelihood to cricketers who are okay but not good enough to get into the national team. What is wrong with that? There are 2nd tier singers and other musicians -- do we begrudge them their living? Does everyone have to be a superstar? Matthew Sinclair, a NZ test cricketer, had to go on the dole to support his family because domestic cricket was just not lucrative enough to pay the bills once he fell out of the national team. I wish every country would have an IPL to support more cricketing talent in the world.

  • David on September 29, 2013, 20:31 GMT

    @ SC13159 wrote that "Clause 6.2.4 was framed before t20 was invented. So It did not apply to t20."

    Clause 6.2.4 was framed to protect Indian cricket from exploitation. Tests, ODIs and T20s are ALL CRICKET. t20 is not special - it is simply another format, recognised by all boards & the ICC. Claims that t20 is exempt from clause 6.2.4 are self-serving rubbish. If Clause 6.2.4 applies to cricket, & t20 is an event, NOT cricket, why did the BCCI shut down the ICL & punish participants? The BCCI claims that it has sole control over all cricket in India. Why was ICL franchise cricket not exempt from ANY BCCI constitution clauses, including 6.2.4? After all, it was invented AFTER the BCCI constitution was written.

    Clause 6.2.4 was changed ONLY to benefit BCCI office holders. It has NO other effect. If t20 is not subject to one BCCI clause, it is not subject to all, & thus the BCCI's closure of the ICL, & the sanctions it levied, have no standing.

    What applies to one case, applies to all

  • vas on September 29, 2013, 19:59 GMT

    Clause 6.2.4 was framed before t20 was invented. So It did not apply to t20. England started t20 just for financial reasons to attract local fans to county grounds. Nobody took the format seriously. Australians and NZ played with fancy costumes. It was when pawar was president, after discussing in the working commitee meeting the clause was amended to exclude t20. Nobody was braking any rules. Vijay mallya was a bcci commitee member and bought RCB. Now kumble is involved in bcci and also mentor of MI.

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