India news September 26, 2013

Srinivasan organises three-day 'outing' for BCCI members


With the BCCI unanimously stamping former IPL chairman Lalit Modi's expulsion in Wednesday's special general meeting (SGM), the next big focus for its president N Srinivasan is the BCCI's annual general meeting (AGM) in Chennai on Sunday. He set his gameplan in motion by organising a three-day "outing" for BCCI members at the nearby resort town of Mahabalipuram, which is being attended by around a third of the officials.

Despite the SGM verdict - where the board was united in getting rid of Modi - Srinivasan realises it will have little bearing on the AGM and that the AGM may not be as smooth a ride for him to get an extension for a year. Despite him having blocked the south zone lobby, which would mean the number game won't even come into equation even if either of his two predecessors - Shashank Manohar and Sharad Pawar - throws his hat in the ring, Srinivasan isn't willing to take any chances.

As a result, he had offered a three-day "outing" at an exotic resort in Mahabalipuram, a historic city an hour's drive away from Chennai. The reason cited from the Srinivasan camp was since "many members were going to stay back in Chennai between the two meetings anyway". Had all the members accepted the junket, the move may have been construed as an attempt to put high-profile voters under house arrest ahead of a crucial motion, an event that's not a rarity in the Indian political set-up.

However, sensing the manner in which the move might be misinterpreted, and to exert pressure on Srinivasan in case two south zone members defect from the president, some of the members decided to make alternative plans. "Around one third unit members would have gone to Mahabalipuram. Some of us have been planning to go and seek blessings at Tirupati, while some are going to stay back in Chennai only," a BCCI voter who has decided against travelling to Mahabalipuram said.

At the same time, many of the key figures in the BCCI have either returned to their respective hometowns or preferred not to attend the SGM. While Jagmohan Dalmiya (Cricket Association of Bengal president) and Niranjan Shah (BCCI vice-president) decided to return to Chennai on the eve of AGM since they had their respective businesses to be taken care of, Arun Jaitley (BCCI vice-president and Delhi & District Cricket Association chief), Jyotiraditya Scindia (Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association president) and Anil Kumble (Karnataka State Cricket Association president) deputed their representative instead of attending the SGM in person.

Even if either Manohar or Pawar - neither of whom have made their intent to contest the presidential election against Srinivasan public so far - decides to contest against Srinivasan, unless the Supreme Court on Friday bars him from contesting the elections, the Tamil Nadu strongman is set for a year's extension in the BCCI top job.

The BCCI regulations require at least two members from the zone of the incumbent president to support a presidential candidate from any other zone. And with Srinivasan having garnered support from all the six south zone affiliates - Tamil Nadu, Andhra, Hyderabad, Kerala, Karnataka and Goa - it looks like there's no way to resist his supremacy, unless Pawar manages to turn the tide around at the last minute.

Amol Karhadkar is a correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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  • san on September 27, 2013, 16:05 GMT

    Can someone explain in layman terms how it is not conflict of interest - to own CSK and be the president of BCCI? . Forget about all legalities and pending at Supreme court etc...

  • paps on September 27, 2013, 10:07 GMT

    Rahul Dravid , Anil Kumble or Javagal Srinath and Saurav Ganguly should be considered for Bcci's President post.

  • Junaid on September 27, 2013, 9:22 GMT

    ppl laugh at all the ill-doings in PCB....i think BCCI got ahead of PCB in this one also :)

  • vasanth on September 26, 2013, 16:42 GMT

    doomsday for cricket in general if srinivasan becomes the president of BCCI again - CSK fan

  • Luka on September 26, 2013, 16:31 GMT

    @cnksnk - spot on, I completely agree with you. I don't see any need for this event to be publicized this much, made a top headline on the website and be embroiled in controversy by adding quotations in a mis-informing title. I thought Cricinfo was better than this... We, in India are so used to pointing fingers and finding issues that no one is allowed to do what they want without being criticized by some section of society. Past accomplishments and mindsets are swept aside without hesitation and new, ill-minded criticisms take their place. Today, it is Srinivasan, a fortnight ago it was Sachin, a couple of years ago it was Rahul Dravid...Why dont we think as educated, thoughtful humans before finding fault with everything?

  • Nanda Kumar on September 26, 2013, 15:06 GMT

    It seems to have become some kind of a national pass time to bay for Srini's blood. This article is truly a non event and hardly merits a write up. Some of fhe committee members had come to Chennai for the SGM. Since the AGM is 3 days away fhey have stayed back and have gone to the nearest resort. Some of the members went to the temple at Tirupati. Why is it that you did not put that on the headlines.So what is illegal about it. It is fairly clear where their loyalty lies. So there is no bribery or any thing under the table that is happening. Cricinfo seems to be consistently taking sides and seems to be projecting Srini in a negative light. Surely you can do better.

    Separately till date no one seems to have accused Srini of any wrong doing. He did not indulge in betting and has created a fantastic franchise. He cannot be held responsible for the actions of his son in law. The conflict of interest has been known for the last 7 years and is pending withe Supreme court

  • Dummy4 on September 26, 2013, 13:58 GMT

    Rahul Dravid for President! Indian cricket needs a legend like him.

  • Dummy4 on September 26, 2013, 13:47 GMT

    It's not just an "honoury position" but a money making position as well. Wonder how many of these members ever played cricket. None apart from Kumble

  • Venkat on September 26, 2013, 13:39 GMT

    I am always amazed when I see comments - "Why can't such-n-such player, an iconic player, a superstar, become an administrator". Players are great but they may not be "administrators". That needs a different skill set. One reason why one rarely sees a top engineer at the helm of the company as a CEO. Captains have to tackle only the players on the field (in a combat like conditions) - but administering a huge organization especially in a crazed country like India one absolutely needs a different skill set. No wonder politicians (who manage bigger expectations) and CEOs of major companies shoot for the job. They can marshall their troops (and are successful at that in their respective field).

  • mau on September 26, 2013, 13:03 GMT

    Imagine how desparate multi-millionaires are to get the position...must be super lucrative obiviously. Or else who wants to waste time and get maligned in the bargain. Oh yeah..and theoritically it is a 'honarary' position!

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