India news April 17, 2017

Supreme Court blocks Srinivasan comeback as BCCI representative


N Srinivasan is not eligible to be a BCCI office bearer anymore, according to the Lodha Committee's recommendations © PTI

A shock return for N Srinivasan to the boardrooms of the ICC has been ruled out by India's Supreme Court.

In a ruling delivered on Monday in Delhi by a three-judge bench, the court ruled that Srinivasan, a former BCCI president and ICC chairman, cannot attend crucial ICC meetings next week as the Indian board's representative. Instead, the court directed the BCCI's acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary and CEO Rahul Johri to attend the ICC's second round of quarterly meetings in Dubai between April 23-27.

Vikram Limaye, the Committee of Administrators member who attended the previous ICC meeting as BCCI representative, will not be attending this time.

The court had been asked by the CoA to clarify whether office bearers disqualified by the Lodha Committee's recommendations could return as representatives of state associations or the BCCI. The judges said, however, that they would not deliberate the broader eligibility issue for now, concentrating instead on the one-point agenda to determine who from the BCCI will be negotiating in Dubai.

"Mr Srinivasan cannot go," the court observed during the hearing. The three Justices - Dipak Misra, AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud - were clear that there was a "cloud" hanging over Srinivasan's integrity, which precluded him from being the right person to represent the BCCI.

The ruling should temporarily end a recent push by BCCI officials to bring Srinivasan back into the fold for the ICC meetings. It is an important week for world cricket as members are expected to move closer not only to deciding how to govern the game, but, significantly, how to divide its financial pie. The BCCI left the last board meeting in February unhappy with the new financial model that was presented, in which its share of ICC revenues was considerably reduced from the previous model created by the Big Three.

That Srinivasan was plotting a comeback was evident after he attended a special general body meeting (SGM) called by the BCCI, in which picking a representative for the ICC meetings was a main point on the agenda. That meeting, on April 9, was adjourned and will be held on April 18.  

By attending Srinivasan was ignoring court and COA warnings that office-bearers disqualified under the Lodha Committee recommendations could not attend the BCCI meetings.

Srinivasan was ineligible on three counts: he is over 70 years of age, has completed nine years as an office-bearer both at the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA) and the BCCI, and is also yet to resign as TNCA president, thereby flouting the court judgement of July 2016, which had approved the Lodha Committee's recommendations.

According to acting BCCI president CK Khanna, the SGM was still scheduled for April 18, but he would consult the other two office bearers - Choudhury and the treasurer Anirudh Chaudhry - before taking a final decision.

Nagraj Gollapudi is a senior assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  •   Zaheer Hussain on April 18, 2017, 13:32 GMT

    You got to love the persistence of this man. He just does not want to give up.

    And the BCCI does not want to part with him either. That's what needs to be investigated.

  • Steve on April 18, 2017, 12:36 GMT

    Can't the court just ban him from all BCCI cricket related efforts? Don't think he gets the message.

  • Black on April 18, 2017, 4:41 GMT

    Really bad decision. He is man who is responsible for our #1 status in cricket. He managed everything so well that no one could question our progress in world cricket.

  • Gopal on April 18, 2017, 4:16 GMT

    Good Decision, this is not politics , If he is allowed then supreme court reduces their weight. One more thing Supremme court should look into PITCH committe head daljit singh, he is just over age 75 for such a important position..

  • Naveen on April 18, 2017, 4:04 GMT

    Srinivasan needs to be sent to jail for not following court orders. He is most corrupt person who took post in bcci and icc. Who knows what other rules he had bended to make money in ipl times. Probably he had every info on auction of ipl players. Even some players said that his son in law was just a supporting team, but actual he was the boss for the so called tainted team. He probably demolished many players career for his selfishness

  • moodev9710558 on April 18, 2017, 3:59 GMT

    Srini don't give up easy. He gonna bring it bad.

  • Lisa on April 18, 2017, 3:22 GMT

    So, you can have a person in his eighties as your Head of State, but 70-year old can't be involved with cricket administration?

    You are supposed to sit in a rocking chair and gossip with your grandchildren once you turn 70!!!

  • Ravishankar on April 17, 2017, 23:30 GMT

    Cloud hanging in Srinivasan's integrity. Are all those who occupy Srinivasan's position are above board? This is degradation of Indian cricket administration.

  • ian on April 17, 2017, 19:26 GMT

    I think we've heard the last of Mr Srinivasan. Not a day too soon, IMO.

  • amit on April 17, 2017, 19:13 GMT

    Good decision. Gives us cricket fans hope that the new financial model will be passed alongwith 13 team ODI league and 9-3 test league

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