India news September 19, 2013

I'm standing for elections - Srinivasan

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N Srinivasan has said he will stand for re-election as BCCI president at the Indian board's annual general meeting, to be held in Chennai on September 29. The announcement is not a surprise but his success, a foregone conclusion a few months ago, is now hostage to several legal and judicial issues that are beyond his control and may crystallise formal opposition to him.

Under BCCI rules, any presidential candidate has to be nominated by two associations from the incumbent's home zone - south zone in Srinivasan's case, and that is where the focus is shifting.

As Srinivasan left the BCCI headquarters in Mumbai on Thursday after attending a meeting of the board's marketing committee, he was asked if the other members from south zone were standing besides him. His response was succinct: "I am going to stand," he said, before taking a dig at the media for speculating on the numbers game in the event of an election.

While Srinivasan has made his candidature public, it cannot be ascertained at this point if the murmurs within the board opposing Srinivasan's stubbornness to hold on to the chair will turn into a credible organised lobby sufficient to match Srinivasan both in terms of stature and power. The early runner seems to be Shashank Manohar, Srinivasan's predecessor, a lawyer with a no-nonsense yet low-profile attitude.

Manohar hasn't yet made any concrete or public move towards returning to job he left in 2011 but it is believed that efforts are on to persuade him to contest against Srinivasan. One official privy to the developments told ESPNcricinfo that Manohar has shown interest but he is still gauging his support, especially from the south zone.

Manohar, who hails from the central zone, will need a proposer and a seconder from the south zone - most of whose members are staunch Srinivasan loyalists. It is believed that the anti-Srinivasan lobby - comprising senior politicians in New Delhi who are also part of the BCCI top brass - has been exerting political pressure on the Goa Cricket Association to shift its allegiance from Srinivasan.

The same lobby is also working on the Andhra Cricket Association to be the other member needed to set up a candidate. "Our stand is still undecided. We will discuss with our member units and then decide, since there is no hurry as such," an ACA official said on Thursday.

Both sides also have an eye on two important legal developments that could impact the election. One involves the IPL fixing case, in relation to which Srinivasan's son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan was arrested in May. Mumbai Police is expected to file its chargesheet any day and the gravity of the charges against Meiyappan could play a part.

Srinivasan himself has already been chargesheeted - in his capacity as managing director of India Cements - in a corruption case involving a top political leader from Andhra Pradesh. If he is arrested in this case - and it is not impossible, given the high-level political machinations at work - then the board might agree to replace him as the BCCI president, even though the issue has nothing to do with cricket. "If that happens, we will have to find a new face," a Srinivasan confidant conceded.

It is these uncertainties that the Cricket Association of Bihar has sought to tap into through a public appeal to the BCCI members. The CAB - which is not a part of the BCCI - had filed the petition in Bombay High Court against the constitution of the IPL probe commission and on Tuesday made a "sincere appeal" to BCCI members to reject Srinivasan's candidature. "He continues to be in a 'step aside' situation as president," the appeal said. "The BCCI cannot afford to have a president who will be in a permanent state of 'step aside' and not be involved in its day-to-day affairs."

Despite all this, Srinivasan remains the most powerful person in the board and the man to beat in the elections. He has the support of many member associations but, as the BCCI AGM draws closer, the equation within the board could yet change dramatically.

Amol Karhadkar is a correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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  • POSTED BY Donsshaddow on | September 20, 2013, 3:51 GMT

    If it is within the rules, for him to stand for reelection, so be it. Srinivasan has his share of critics and supporters. I just hope that - whatever the outcome of the election - Cricket is nurtured and given top most priority. I don't care if it's Srinivasan or any other candidate who emerges victorious, as long as the interests of the game and the players is remembered.

  • POSTED BY on | September 23, 2013, 18:04 GMT

    Are not Kumble and Srinath from South? What are they waiting on? How come they have not challenged him? I would think Kumble would make a fine leader

  • POSTED BY on | September 21, 2013, 15:32 GMT

    Facts are important. First, Mr. Gurunath was a principal of CSK till hurriedly his name was removed from social network when he was arrested. Where was the need if everything was ok. Secondly,The internal committee report appointed by BCCI of which Srinivasan is president has been rubbished by the Court, which means the guilty have not been absolved of the charges. That means status quo will remain until some thing happens to reverse the situation. Can President of an organization, decide all by himself what he does w/o other members approving of it, or the courts reversing their earlier decision. Arun Jaitley being a lawyer and very vocal should know but strangely he is quiet.

  • POSTED BY on | September 21, 2013, 13:22 GMT

    Why all guys believing media and go against srinivasan?. He also done some gud things to Cricket.

    1) He bought kapil dev back into bcci fold ( Modi copied the idea from him) 2) He sanctioned 100 cr to former 160 players as one time benefit. (Did modi done that?) 3) He retained dhoni as a captain (Amarnath supported gambhir and kohli for captain . Just look at the tempermant unfit for captain)

  • POSTED BY ladycricfan on | September 21, 2013, 5:01 GMT

    I don't think anyone can become BCCI president from outside. One has to be involved in local administration and work your way up. Kumble and Srinath are members of KSCA. They can hope to become BCCI president one day. Even Sarad Powar is trying to get into MCA. After the rule change in BCCI he can become president again. Playing cricket and administering cricket are two different skills. Most presidents are either successful businessmen or politicians.

  • POSTED BY Nampally on | September 20, 2013, 18:57 GMT

    India should get away from the mentality of "hero worship". Most of the comments here seem to suggest that Mr. Srinivasan is the only suitable guy for the post. The same thing happened in keeping Dhoni as the Captain for all 3 formats, thereby eliminating all competition for grooming alternates, and may be better candidates. Thankfully, the Selectors have decided to groom Pujara & Kohli as the alternate candidates. I ask you why not elect one of the Charismatic retired Cricketers for the next President of BCCI ? Ganguly, Kumble & Dravid have shown that they are well qualified to progress from legendary Ex-Indian team Captains to the President of BCCI. In fact Dravid with his immensely gifted quality of oratory, will be an excellent candidate. A new BCCI President will bring fresh ideas & in case of Dravid, with his excellent inter personal interests, also bring diplomacy to the job + resolve conflicts if any, as presently existing with CSA. Think about it- WHY NOT?

  • POSTED BY CricketChat on | September 20, 2013, 18:20 GMT

    I guess he wants to win election at any cost in an attempt to prove his innocence and re-establish his clout in the cricket circles in India. It is obvious that he needs Ind cricket to stay in limelight than vice versa. Wonder how Ind cricket system still flourishes despite people like him.

  • POSTED BY sharidas on | September 20, 2013, 17:04 GMT

    It seems to me, that to run an organization like BCCI, is not for everyone. First of all the person must be immensely motivated, have a lot of clout - political or otherwise and extremely, thick skinned. Though, we all like an honest and well meaning cricketer to come into the post of BCCI President, it's just not going to happen. It looks like Srinivasan is here to stay, whether we like it or not....sigh !

  • POSTED BY on | September 20, 2013, 16:49 GMT

    Hope Srinivasan wins the election, BCCI needs a bold administrator like him in the present scenario where everyone is out to only make profit from India's cricket riches while at the same time they badmouth and try to get their own way whenever possible.

  • POSTED BY YoBro on | September 20, 2013, 13:23 GMT

    Gee. There's a big surprise.

  • POSTED BY Donsshaddow on | September 20, 2013, 3:51 GMT

    If it is within the rules, for him to stand for reelection, so be it. Srinivasan has his share of critics and supporters. I just hope that - whatever the outcome of the election - Cricket is nurtured and given top most priority. I don't care if it's Srinivasan or any other candidate who emerges victorious, as long as the interests of the game and the players is remembered.

  • POSTED BY on | September 23, 2013, 18:04 GMT

    Are not Kumble and Srinath from South? What are they waiting on? How come they have not challenged him? I would think Kumble would make a fine leader

  • POSTED BY on | September 21, 2013, 15:32 GMT

    Facts are important. First, Mr. Gurunath was a principal of CSK till hurriedly his name was removed from social network when he was arrested. Where was the need if everything was ok. Secondly,The internal committee report appointed by BCCI of which Srinivasan is president has been rubbished by the Court, which means the guilty have not been absolved of the charges. That means status quo will remain until some thing happens to reverse the situation. Can President of an organization, decide all by himself what he does w/o other members approving of it, or the courts reversing their earlier decision. Arun Jaitley being a lawyer and very vocal should know but strangely he is quiet.

  • POSTED BY on | September 21, 2013, 13:22 GMT

    Why all guys believing media and go against srinivasan?. He also done some gud things to Cricket.

    1) He bought kapil dev back into bcci fold ( Modi copied the idea from him) 2) He sanctioned 100 cr to former 160 players as one time benefit. (Did modi done that?) 3) He retained dhoni as a captain (Amarnath supported gambhir and kohli for captain . Just look at the tempermant unfit for captain)

  • POSTED BY ladycricfan on | September 21, 2013, 5:01 GMT

    I don't think anyone can become BCCI president from outside. One has to be involved in local administration and work your way up. Kumble and Srinath are members of KSCA. They can hope to become BCCI president one day. Even Sarad Powar is trying to get into MCA. After the rule change in BCCI he can become president again. Playing cricket and administering cricket are two different skills. Most presidents are either successful businessmen or politicians.

  • POSTED BY Nampally on | September 20, 2013, 18:57 GMT

    India should get away from the mentality of "hero worship". Most of the comments here seem to suggest that Mr. Srinivasan is the only suitable guy for the post. The same thing happened in keeping Dhoni as the Captain for all 3 formats, thereby eliminating all competition for grooming alternates, and may be better candidates. Thankfully, the Selectors have decided to groom Pujara & Kohli as the alternate candidates. I ask you why not elect one of the Charismatic retired Cricketers for the next President of BCCI ? Ganguly, Kumble & Dravid have shown that they are well qualified to progress from legendary Ex-Indian team Captains to the President of BCCI. In fact Dravid with his immensely gifted quality of oratory, will be an excellent candidate. A new BCCI President will bring fresh ideas & in case of Dravid, with his excellent inter personal interests, also bring diplomacy to the job + resolve conflicts if any, as presently existing with CSA. Think about it- WHY NOT?

  • POSTED BY CricketChat on | September 20, 2013, 18:20 GMT

    I guess he wants to win election at any cost in an attempt to prove his innocence and re-establish his clout in the cricket circles in India. It is obvious that he needs Ind cricket to stay in limelight than vice versa. Wonder how Ind cricket system still flourishes despite people like him.

  • POSTED BY sharidas on | September 20, 2013, 17:04 GMT

    It seems to me, that to run an organization like BCCI, is not for everyone. First of all the person must be immensely motivated, have a lot of clout - political or otherwise and extremely, thick skinned. Though, we all like an honest and well meaning cricketer to come into the post of BCCI President, it's just not going to happen. It looks like Srinivasan is here to stay, whether we like it or not....sigh !

  • POSTED BY on | September 20, 2013, 16:49 GMT

    Hope Srinivasan wins the election, BCCI needs a bold administrator like him in the present scenario where everyone is out to only make profit from India's cricket riches while at the same time they badmouth and try to get their own way whenever possible.

  • POSTED BY YoBro on | September 20, 2013, 13:23 GMT

    Gee. There's a big surprise.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | September 20, 2013, 11:36 GMT

    No one is asking CSA to fire logart.But logart should mend his way and be appreciative of BCCI concerns.That does not seem to be happening.The latest statement of logart is that the issue will be dealt with after BCCI agm as if he is waiting for srini to be replaced.This atttitude shows that he does not want to initiate talk with the BCCI current admn.Whether or not srini deserves to be the BCCI chief is entirely another issue.

  • POSTED BY ODI_BestFormOfCricket on | September 20, 2013, 8:54 GMT

    @Mr.potato-tomatoes, anthony-purcell: manohar is no nonsense man and under srinivasan BCCI will not accountable and transparent, i just ask you, was BCCI accountable under his (manohar's) previous tenure? If yes, to who? Public or cabinet. Transparent - all political parties excludes themselves from RTI recently. Everything is not srini's mistake guys.

  • POSTED BY SandipManjrekar on | September 20, 2013, 8:31 GMT

    @linguboy

    Let's not be passionate about personality. I don't have idea of cricket clubs in Chennai but I am not arguing about good things. It's about BCCI, Team INDIA, INDIA the nation not about individuals. Let's not forget what happened before court. Srini can come over again any time but not now. It's about reputation of BCCI & INDIA. His son-in-law & His Team CSK are under Scrutiny. Things are not cleaned. Court rejected internal report regarding fixing issue. BCCI is an institution. If Srini is not there, BCCI won't stop functioning well.

  • POSTED BY Mr.PotatoesTomatoes on | September 20, 2013, 8:17 GMT

    Well ten days of intrigue to follow. I know little about Sashank Manohar, but hope he contests, or at least someone does. To have no one opposing the incumbent is never a good sign, never mind if its a cricketing body or your neighborhood group.It lays down the groundwork for absolutism.And with Mr.Srinivasan facing a number of charges in Indian courts,and the spot-fixing shroud surrounding the IPL its quite clear that all's not well with Indian cricket.In such circumstances its all the more necessary that someone challenges the current adminsitration,raise questions about financial probity and takes it upon himself to set things right.

  • POSTED BY Biggus on | September 20, 2013, 8:09 GMT

    @satishchandar:-Irritation is a part of life, but perhaps because of Srinivasan's powerful business position people are afraid to irritate him and he's forgotten that. Lorgat is not some employee of his who must jump when he says so, but the representative of the cricket organisation of another country. The BCCI is collectively acting like the protagonist in Thomas Hardy's 'The Mayor of Casterbridge' and there is building a steady groundswell of resentment world-wide that I would suggest will come back to haunt them. If you sow the wind you'll reap the whirlwind. The actions of the BCCI have caused a great deal of irritation, yet by and large other boards have chosen to act in an adult and conciliatory manner. If the BCCI is irritated that CSA proposed a tour itinerary without consulting them surely the appropriate response is to say, "No, hang on we need to discuss this", not to threaten to take your bat and ball and go home, don't you think?

  • POSTED BY bijja on | September 20, 2013, 8:08 GMT

    Srinivasan is the best man for the job. Hope he gets the support and win.

  • POSTED BY Biggus on | September 20, 2013, 7:47 GMT

    @SC13159:-If indeed CSA is facing financial ruin because of the conflict with Lorgat when he was with the ICC then the fault will be with the BCCI. To bring down CSA because Lorgat supported DRS is diabolical, and mark my words, India will bear the ignominy of such an event, NOT Haroon Lorgat. History will then judge the BCCI to have done so because of the pride and petulance of it's members. Take your blinkers off and try to see the issue without the rose coloured glasses of your misplaced patriotism.

  • POSTED BY linguboy on | September 20, 2013, 7:42 GMT

    @Sandip Manjrekar: What's true cricket lover?? Yes IPL mess happened in his period and for your information IPL was headed by Rajiv Shukla, not srinivasan, who by the way ran away from his responsibilities. Why not give him an year to clean this mess that happened under his watch. Ok let's say he should just step aside then replaced by whom??? Sharad Pawar? Dalmiya? IS Bindra? If you say he is going to contest against Dravid or Kumble then I would have opposed his contest for elections. But if its against the above mentioned three then I would anyday prefer Srini over them. Sorry.Karnataka state association is headed by Anil Kumble and there may be more than one reason for him to support Srinivasan. If you want to know more about his ove for the Game then one day you should visit cricket clubs in chennai many of which are owned by India Cements for over more tan two decades. India cements offered jobs to cricketers including Dravid and many more. Dravid,Shastri,Gavaskar ment it too.

  • POSTED BY satishchandar on | September 20, 2013, 7:37 GMT

    @Biggus : It is not that BCCI hate Lorgat for no reason.. Lorgat did things that would irritate any board when he was at helm.. Let us see like this.. If Srini comes as a head for WI management and try to dictate terms on his own picking the series format without ECBs approval, it would sound arrogant on that Srini's arrogance and not ECBs.. The same is happening here.. Look at the whole picture rather than blind eyes assuming BCCI is fault at anywhere and everywhere..

  • POSTED BY linguboy on | September 20, 2013, 7:31 GMT

    @Baiju Joseph: Do you think that he doesn't have the capability to be the head of the BCCI for the whole year? then you are dreaming. Remember nobody could remove him in the midst of the huge IPL spot fixing scandal. Then how come they remove him from another term. Its all media rumblings that BCCI is divided house and all. Remember the day when Srinivisan decided to step aside from the board, all news channels were saying that the words are flying in the meeting and everybody in the BCCI want Srinivasan to resign. But the outcome was different. He just temporarily stepped aside and NOBODY dare to oppose him. I read in today's newspaper that he is going to be elected UNOPPOSED. read the last paragraph of this article, He is the most powerful person in the BCCI. Yes we may say that he should first clear the charges against him and his son-in-law but we all know how the courts and CBI functions in this country and it may take eternity to reach verdict in those cases.good luck.

  • POSTED BY ladycricfan on | September 20, 2013, 7:27 GMT

    @Biggus, if you read SA newspapers, you will understand how they are feeling at the moment. If India doesn't tour or even the tour is shortened, SA cricket might face financial ruins. Players like KP and Trot might emigrate to other cricketing countries which will weaken SA on field as well. It is all because one man Lorgat and his history of antagonism towards BCCI while he was CEO of ICC. Now I am not saying BCCI or any other boards should interfere with other countries internal matters. But having anticipated the consequences of appointing Lorgat, they still went ahead and chose him. Now it is for South Africa's own well being that they have to do something about Lorgat. You can't blame bcci for reacting the way they do if you know what Lorgat did to BCCI.

  • POSTED BY SandipManjrekar on | September 20, 2013, 7:05 GMT

    If Srini is true cricket lover, he would have been stepped out here. Last few months since IPL 2013 were not good for IND cricket, BCCI, IND the nation & the cricket lovers most. I am talking with respect to match fixing scandals. The way BCCI behaved, administrated, demonstrated & worked post fixing scandal were unacceptable. They were not transparent in countering & taking actions against fixing scandal. They were embarrassed in front court too regarding clean cheat report. With such history behind, Srini should leave gracefully and should not contest in election on moral grounds and in the benefit of IND cricket & BCCI. Let's do not relate this with CSA or SA tour as it has nothing to do with it. As far as this tour is concerned, BCCI acted in the best manner with stubborn CSA.

  • POSTED BY on | September 20, 2013, 6:58 GMT

    I see a lot of positive comments coming for Srinivasan. May be its because people think that BCCI politics is a big mess and for the time being there cannot be any candidate who is clean and can handle this mess. I agree there are many good things that have come during his tenure and the fact that he is facing problems because his son-in-law is in question. But at the same time, BCCI needs a stable leadership and not the musical chair that's being played on right now. A leader cannot move forward with implementing his policies if he does not enjoy the full support of the council he is leading. With so many uneasy rumblings and negative sentiments, it looks very difficult for him to hold on to his post for long even if he wins this election. The best possible thing for him to do right now might be to work towards getting a clean chit from the law enforcement for his Son-in-law, get the mess sorted out himself and look for the BCCI chair only when things are completely in his favor.

  • POSTED BY Biggus on | September 20, 2013, 6:47 GMT

    @SC13159:-So CSA should replace Lorgat as CEO because the BCCI and Srinivasan doesn't like him? Did England or Australia EVER expect India to change administrators just to pease them? And what if the rest of us don't like Srinivasan? Are we then justified in expecting India to dump him as an administrator? Obviously not, so why should anyone else do the same? The double standards of such statements is breathtaking. Power is always in flux. Those who once were mighty are now not so. Those who are now powerful will fall from such a position. The BCCI is in my opinion being extremely short sighted and is setting itself up for a fall, and will not be justified in complaining about the actions of other boards given it's actions at the present.

  • POSTED BY on | September 20, 2013, 6:17 GMT

    I see too much politics and business getting involved in Indian cricket and i'don't like it one bit.....i just want someone who truly cares about indian cricket and indian cricket only......also someone who would'nt become a playground bully in the icc meetings......cricket should be given top priority.....money and votes should'nt even exist in their mindset or priority list......

  • POSTED BY Surajrises on | September 20, 2013, 6:15 GMT

    Lets accept, Srini has done good and bad things for Indian Cricket. Unfortunately, bad things r always remembered much more than the good things done. But I don't think this time Srini will be winning the elections and he shouldn't. We need someone to be the President who is selfless and thinks more about INDIA than IPL. Srini will have his share of supporters yes and I am not underestimating his power either. He still has 50-50 chances of being re-elected. Lets see what happens...

  • POSTED BY linguboy on | September 20, 2013, 5:53 GMT

    @Anand Singh: What damage are you talking about? Are you implicating Spot fixing scandal? If you think that removing Srinivasan will remove the damage done to the Game then either you are naive or you have something against the Individual. Reg conflict of interest he has huge power outside without being the president of the BCCI that he can influence the panel(not i am supporting that though). Reg Gurunath Meiyappan, What's stopping the Mumbai police from filing the chargesheet? Its all the media that's doing the speculation job. They said it can't be ruled out that he may be involved in Fixing, passin on the team information etc., But court strongly said that there is NO evidence against him on Fixing or passing team information. That's why he's out on bail. how could you rule out that this maybe the political conspiracy against Srinivasan to remove him fron the BCCI. Initially I didn't think so. But.... contd..cricinfo pls publish......thanks

  • POSTED BY ladycricfan on | September 20, 2013, 5:31 GMT

    Hope srinivasan is elected on sep 29th and he should lead Bcci for three more years. India needs someone strong minded like him to represent india in the icc. With CSA problem going on at the moment he is the right person to sort it out. CSA should make lorgat as a consultant or advisor and elect a new CEO. Srinivasan owns only 0.05% shares in the india cements. That's why he always maintains that he is not the owner of india cements. Hope CSK does well in the CLT20.

  • POSTED BY Gurudumu on | September 20, 2013, 5:17 GMT

    Srinivasan needs to clear allegations against him as soon as possible to ensure his opponents do not use that against him. He's innocent until proven guilty and there's no reason why he should not run as BCCI President. Hate him or love him, he's at least made BCCI the centre of cricketing power. Good luck to him.

  • POSTED BY Sathyasing on | September 20, 2013, 5:11 GMT

    Todate there isnt anyone to administer successfully under indian setup and environment.It needs special skillset,backbone,straight tone.No doubt ,srini is best suited for this job and all he needs is to keep away the family from administration for an another successful era.Handling media and getting support from past key cricketers is something he needs to work upon.Its not an easy job and i am sure srini's presence will send shivers to the rest of the world and thus india's importance will not be underestimated.

  • POSTED BY gandhala on | September 20, 2013, 5:03 GMT

    Interesting I am not the only one to support Srini. This man is strong Administrator good or bad but he doesnt hit around the bush. Someone who has taken India in world Stage and has given a great statement "dont even think of messing up with us". Where else has india ever dictated term to any other country other than cricket. No where else. Srini is the main cause for this. Economically Indian cricket has grown even before but no one ever used this economical to become a super power in cricket now they have.

  • POSTED BY Biggus on | September 20, 2013, 4:14 GMT

    @DRS_Flawed_NeedsImprovement:-"ICC controlled eng and australia for decades and now, bcoz of BCCI every nation's concerns are addressed." Wow! That has to be the most fanciful assertion I've ever read on this site.

  • POSTED BY srinideva on | September 20, 2013, 4:09 GMT

    It's good to see some positive comments on srinivasan..i'm really impressed with the way he handle the media and this indian politicians...In india politicians are far more powerful than businessman like srini..he hold the job for 2 years and did plenty of good things to cricket in india..simple example is the one time payment to the former players..that's an incredible feat... After all he is not done anything wrong, it was guru who did the stupid thing..

  • POSTED BY sramesh_74 on | September 20, 2013, 3:57 GMT

    Folks should not be shocked by this announcement. Srini will contest and will probably win. And Guru will be at the CSK table for the next auction.

  • POSTED BY on | September 20, 2013, 3:43 GMT

    The BCCI needs to be accountable, transparent and constructive. None of which will happen under Srinivisan's watch.

  • POSTED BY IndianEagle on | September 20, 2013, 3:34 GMT

    @anand_singh: how could u punish father for son's wrongdoing. Did srinivasan involved in betting or spot fixing! He has invested his hard earned money in csk and his son in law who is culprit deserves punishment (that too, for BETTING, not big crime as we all know) but not srinivasan. You the one blindly opposes srinivasan. May be srinivasan is adamant and arrogant as said by media (i dont think so, he is strict officer) it has nothing to do with post he holds.

  • POSTED BY VickGower on | September 20, 2013, 2:58 GMT

    I can never forget that it was srinivasan alone who faced down the media and armchair critics who were gunning for Dhoni when the Indian team was in transition. Srinivasan stood firm, stared down Mohinder Amarnath, and rest is history. To me, Srimivasan saved Indian cricket from utter disaster by keeping Dhoni as the Captain when everyone was against the idea. Srinivasan is the sort of spineful administrator that India has never had. Look at his stand against DRS. After the Ashes series even your typical rum of the mill BCCI hater has reservations about DRS. Srinivasan has been vindicated in at least two big decisions he has taken in which he was a severe minority. That to me is true leadership. I just hope envy and hatred of others doesnt take him down.

  • POSTED BY IndianEagle on | September 20, 2013, 1:05 GMT

    i am not a supporter or critic of srinivasan but on seeing the politics involved around to remove him, it will be good for him if he emerges as a winner. I hope he will win and like pheonix he will emerge from the ash. On seeing the way he is resisting political pressure, media propangada by politician, he is the right choice to take BCCI forward. He will clear all obstacles which comes in whatever form.

  • POSTED BY ODI_BestFormOfCricket on | September 20, 2013, 0:53 GMT

    good decision. He did no wrong and it was his son in law who involved in BETTING (not a big offense), not SPOT FIXING. It has nothing to do with srinivasan, actually meiyappan back stabbed srinivasan by betting and by tarnishing his image. I hopes he come backs very strongly. I just want to ask one question, whether ever any politician resigned for his relatives wrongdoing?

  • POSTED BY DRS_Flawed_NeedsImprovement on | September 20, 2013, 0:41 GMT

    indian cricket needs a bold person like him to resist the external unwanted pressure applied on asian boards to adapt drs an other new rules which favour eng and australia. ICC controlled eng and australia for decades and now, bcoz of BCCI every nation's concerns are addressed. Even if his son in law involved in betting, it has nothing to do with srinivasan, infact his son in law betrayed srinivasan. He is right man to sort things back in order. Best of luck.

  • POSTED BY on | September 19, 2013, 20:12 GMT

    What is baffling is despite the recent spate of controversies which mainly involves ugly fixing and corruption scandals, Srinivasan continues to rule the roost! This reflects the state of our country to an extent as well, where we have a corrupt Government which ideally should have been thrown out by now, but only the list of scandals keep growing! This is really a shame and its high time some one with a clean slate takes charge and clears the mess! The BCCI has been lately acting like a bad bully most notably with Lorgat recently and putting the SA tour in doubt! This is a complete disservice to the sport and its loyal fans!

  • POSTED BY Nampally on | September 19, 2013, 19:58 GMT

    The eligibility Criteria for the BCCI President should be established first before the next elections. Management ability, Knowledge of Cricket & diplomacy in dealing with all the National Boards should be the 3 essential criteria. Election of next chief based on politics & being the most powerful is poor way to elect the President. BCCI relations with the CSA are at the All Time Low. This reflects badly on BCCI when the political ties between the 2 nations are great. In addition the spot fixing & all other corrupt practices are also showing their heads. Candidates like Dr.S. Tharoor, with all the above requisites make the best candidates & must be approached/canvassed. The other possible candidates like R.Dravid, A.Kumble or Kapil Dev also have that magnetism & ability to excel at the job & be great Presidents.

  • POSTED BY Nampally on | September 19, 2013, 19:58 GMT

    The eligibility Criteria for the BCCI President should be established first before the next elections. Management ability, Knowledge of Cricket & diplomacy in dealing with all the National Boards should be the 3 essential criteria. Election of next chief based on politics & being the most powerful is poor way to elect the President. BCCI relations with the CSA are at the All Time Low. This reflects badly on BCCI when the political ties between the 2 nations are great. In addition the spot fixing & all other corrupt practices are also showing their heads. Candidates like Dr.S. Tharoor, with all the above requisites make the best candidates & must be approached/canvassed. The other possible candidates like R.Dravid, A.Kumble or Kapil Dev also have that magnetism & ability to excel at the job & be great Presidents.

  • POSTED BY on | September 19, 2013, 20:12 GMT

    What is baffling is despite the recent spate of controversies which mainly involves ugly fixing and corruption scandals, Srinivasan continues to rule the roost! This reflects the state of our country to an extent as well, where we have a corrupt Government which ideally should have been thrown out by now, but only the list of scandals keep growing! This is really a shame and its high time some one with a clean slate takes charge and clears the mess! The BCCI has been lately acting like a bad bully most notably with Lorgat recently and putting the SA tour in doubt! This is a complete disservice to the sport and its loyal fans!

  • POSTED BY DRS_Flawed_NeedsImprovement on | September 20, 2013, 0:41 GMT

    indian cricket needs a bold person like him to resist the external unwanted pressure applied on asian boards to adapt drs an other new rules which favour eng and australia. ICC controlled eng and australia for decades and now, bcoz of BCCI every nation's concerns are addressed. Even if his son in law involved in betting, it has nothing to do with srinivasan, infact his son in law betrayed srinivasan. He is right man to sort things back in order. Best of luck.

  • POSTED BY ODI_BestFormOfCricket on | September 20, 2013, 0:53 GMT

    good decision. He did no wrong and it was his son in law who involved in BETTING (not a big offense), not SPOT FIXING. It has nothing to do with srinivasan, actually meiyappan back stabbed srinivasan by betting and by tarnishing his image. I hopes he come backs very strongly. I just want to ask one question, whether ever any politician resigned for his relatives wrongdoing?

  • POSTED BY IndianEagle on | September 20, 2013, 1:05 GMT

    i am not a supporter or critic of srinivasan but on seeing the politics involved around to remove him, it will be good for him if he emerges as a winner. I hope he will win and like pheonix he will emerge from the ash. On seeing the way he is resisting political pressure, media propangada by politician, he is the right choice to take BCCI forward. He will clear all obstacles which comes in whatever form.

  • POSTED BY VickGower on | September 20, 2013, 2:58 GMT

    I can never forget that it was srinivasan alone who faced down the media and armchair critics who were gunning for Dhoni when the Indian team was in transition. Srinivasan stood firm, stared down Mohinder Amarnath, and rest is history. To me, Srimivasan saved Indian cricket from utter disaster by keeping Dhoni as the Captain when everyone was against the idea. Srinivasan is the sort of spineful administrator that India has never had. Look at his stand against DRS. After the Ashes series even your typical rum of the mill BCCI hater has reservations about DRS. Srinivasan has been vindicated in at least two big decisions he has taken in which he was a severe minority. That to me is true leadership. I just hope envy and hatred of others doesnt take him down.

  • POSTED BY IndianEagle on | September 20, 2013, 3:34 GMT

    @anand_singh: how could u punish father for son's wrongdoing. Did srinivasan involved in betting or spot fixing! He has invested his hard earned money in csk and his son in law who is culprit deserves punishment (that too, for BETTING, not big crime as we all know) but not srinivasan. You the one blindly opposes srinivasan. May be srinivasan is adamant and arrogant as said by media (i dont think so, he is strict officer) it has nothing to do with post he holds.

  • POSTED BY on | September 20, 2013, 3:43 GMT

    The BCCI needs to be accountable, transparent and constructive. None of which will happen under Srinivisan's watch.

  • POSTED BY sramesh_74 on | September 20, 2013, 3:57 GMT

    Folks should not be shocked by this announcement. Srini will contest and will probably win. And Guru will be at the CSK table for the next auction.

  • POSTED BY srinideva on | September 20, 2013, 4:09 GMT

    It's good to see some positive comments on srinivasan..i'm really impressed with the way he handle the media and this indian politicians...In india politicians are far more powerful than businessman like srini..he hold the job for 2 years and did plenty of good things to cricket in india..simple example is the one time payment to the former players..that's an incredible feat... After all he is not done anything wrong, it was guru who did the stupid thing..