Srinivasan, Thakur, Shirke converge at informal meeting
Former BCCI presidents N Srinivasan and Anurag Thakur were part of a group of office bearers from 24 states associations that met in Bangalore on Saturday evening, for an informal meeting, to discuss their next step following the latest Supreme Court order. The judgement had effectively put an end to the administrative careers of a majority of the office bearers, given it disqualified those who had exceeded nine years in office - as per the Lodha Committee's interpretation, at BCCI or state level or both combined - from staying on.
The meeting reportedly had been called by Srinivasan and was attended by prominent office bearers from various state associations, including Ajay Shirke, Rajiv Shukla, Anirudh Chaudhry, Amitabh Choudhury and Niranjan Shah. Representatives from Delhi & District Cricket Association, Vidarbha Cricket Association, Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association, Cricket Club of India, Railways, Services and National Cricket Club (Kolkata) were not present at the meeting.
One of the senior office bearers present at the meeting, who is part of an east zone state association, said that the Bangalore gathering was a move to show solidarity. "It was basically to show we are united [still] after the court verdict. Everybody put forth ideas going forward," he said, without divulging any details.
He pointed out that a firmer stance will be revealed once the court appointed the panel of administrators to run the BCCI, which is likely to be done the next hearing on January 19. The official also stressed that there were no "negative" plans in the works that might disrupt the cricket, international or domestic.
The Lodha Committee, meanwhile, remained unconcerned about the Bangalore meeting. It is understood that it will meet on January 11 to discuss the roadmap for both the BCCI and states in the wake of the January 2 court order. The Committee has received emails from 18 state associations asking what should be their next step.
Nagraj Gollapudi is a senior assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo