BCCI election 2013 September 29, 2013

Srinivasan re-elected with tighter grip on BCCI

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N Srinivasan was re-elected BCCI's president for another year, as expected, and cemented his hold on the board with the appointment of his allies to key positions. The other big winner at the BCCI's 84th annual general meeting in Chennai on Sunday was Ranjib Biswal, the Odisha Cricket Association president, who was named the new chairman of the IPL governing council. (Click here for the full list of appointments.)

Srinivasan had been under pressure for the past few days, after his son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan was chargesheeted in the IPL corruption scandal, and there had been question marks over his immediate future following the Supreme Court directive to him to stay away from the job, should he win, till he is cleared by it. However, events in Chennai sent out the unambiguous message that he remained as powerful as ever.

"I have won unopposed but I am not taking charge," Srinivasan told IANS. "I have asked the new office bearers to take charge. I am awaiting the Supreme Court order. There are a lot of things on me now."

New vice-president Rajiv Shukla sounded more triumphant. "Everybody was elected unopposed," he said. "Mr Srinivasan chaired the meeting. The meeting had to take place with the head (who is the new president). It's not contempt of court. He will only take charge after the fresh Supreme Court guidelines."

The daily work will be handled by Srinivasan's close aide, Sanjay Patel, confirmed today as secretary, a post he had been handling on an interim basis since the IPL scandal broke out in June. The job had so far been assigned to Jagmohan Dalmiya but Patel's ascension to a permanent role makes him eligible for this position.

Srinivasan's re-election came about via the amendment to the BCCI constitution that required any challenger to the presidential post to be supported from the incumbent's zone - south zone, in Srinivasan's case. Once he had managed to get all of the BCCI's six southern units on his side, his election was all but certain and he was the only candidate to have filed his papers on Saturday. After that, it was a matter of pleasing all his supporters who had stood beside him during what has been a tumultuous phase not only for Srinivasan but for Indian cricket as well.

While all the major posts in BCCI - secretary Patel, treasurer Anirudh Chaudhary and joint secretary Anurag Thakur - went to those from the Srinivasan lobby, key personnel from each of the six south zone units were handed an influential position. Anil Kumble (Karnataka) and Shivlal Yadav (Hyderabad) retained their positions as technical committee chairman and vice-president, respectively; G Ganga Raju (Andhra) was appointed the finance committee chairman, TC Mathew (Kerala) replaced Biswal as the NCA board chairman, while Vinod Phadke (Goa) will be heading the media committee for the next year.

The BCCI has traditionally followed a system of appeasing all of its chief's favourites. However, most of its earlier regimes, including the first two years of Srinivasan, have seen even dissenting voices being accommodated to a certain extent. However, the manner in which Srinivasan has managed to get rid of all those who have opposed him or the board's functioning during his rule underlines his reputation of being a shrewd operator.

Right from Jyotiraditya Scindia, one of the youngest federal ministers, to Niranjan Shah, who has been involved in the BCCI for four decades to Vidarbha's Sudhir Dabir who was the central zone vice-president, Srinivasan has sidelined all those who had given a hint of opposing him. The BCCI structure in itself allows the four principal office bearers - president, secretary, joint secretary and treasurer - to dictate terms. However, Srinivasan ensured that the likes of Shah and Dabir, who were closer to the opposing Sharad Pawar-Shashank Manohar faction than him, were replaced as vice-presidents despite the post not holding much significance in the BCCI structure.

"As per the constitution, the board has conducted the AGM," Shah said. "Srinivasan chaired it. It is part of the democratic process. It's all about majority. I hold no grudge against anyone. It's not necessary [for a vice-president to seek re-election]."

With the credibility of the IPL at stake and the next edition likely to clash with union elections, it was a challenge for Srinivasan to rope in an IPL chairman who could understand the game as well as deal with politicians. Besides being in Srinivasan's good books, Biswal, a former MP and a former India Under-19 captain, fits the bill on both the counts. Through Kumble, Srinivasan also managed to rope in former great Gundappa Viswanath on the IPL governing council to lend it more credibility from the fans' perspective.

A day after his appointment, Biswal told The Telegraph that he wanted to put the focus back on cricket in the IPL: "I'm aware that a lot of things happened in the last edition of the IPL, but I've just been appointed the chairman. First, I'd like to meet colleagues on the governing council and get their views. After that, the operational team of the IPL... A road map will be drawn where cricket is the priority."

Thanks to the court rider, the contentious issues, including dealing with the government's double-taxation policy and India's South Africa tour, were not even touched upon formally in the minutes.

Amol Karhadkar is a correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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  • POSTED BY chotteguru on | October 1, 2013, 12:13 GMT

    I think in time to come, Indian cricket will regret not having taken advantage of this opportune moment to change they way cricket in India is governed. I wonder what it will take for BCCI to work for the interests of All Cricket in India and so become a trully respected and admired "Leader" of "World Cricket"?

  • POSTED BY satishchandar on | October 1, 2013, 7:34 GMT

    @wibblewibble : Good one but what i feel is, who authorised the Wolf report? Why would a report come out of world saying democracy when two big guns who ruled as per their wish were not able to digest and ruled by the biggest of them all.. They would have opted for democracy when they were heading the ICC right?

  • POSTED BY on | October 1, 2013, 1:20 GMT

    @ LongLiveTestCricket on (September 30, 2013, 6:23 GMT)

    1. AGM is for conducting elections; election of office bearers. 2. IND-SA tour is handled at a different level. 3. For more than the point 2 above is in Logart's court. Hopehe gets in toch with BCCI ( most probably through Sanjay Patel; since initial contact was made in Dubai, a couple of weeks ago (after wasting 3 months)

  • POSTED BY shillingsworth on | September 30, 2013, 18:49 GMT

    @satishchandar - The ICC usually generates a surplus from staging the global tournaments and distributes this to the full members. It is a myth that running the ICC constitutes a net cost to the BCCI or any other national board.

  • POSTED BY on | September 30, 2013, 16:28 GMT

    Wolf appeared in lamb's skin,and expected everyone to believe that he is a lamb! The then CEO of ICC aggressively tried to sell those wares, the consequences of which, he is reaping now. In fact, Wolf was trying to play a Robinhood -- rob the rich to pay the poor. In modern day business logic, it just doesn't work, as the communist countries proved beyond any doubt. Open market competitive economy always rewards the most efficient firm which can make the BEST use of all factors of production.

    The days of Engels & Marx, and their magnum opus Das Kapital are over. Their dicta are buried for ever.We are squarely back to the Keynesian days. Or, if you wish to go much earlier into human history, these are Darwinian days; which facilitates the survival of the fittest, in every way. The inefficient ones can only gawk in envy.

    Earlier all concerned agree to this reality, better for every one. And, meaningless arguments will stop.

  • POSTED BY on | September 30, 2013, 10:22 GMT

    @wibblewibble: By your logic, it is too late for Australia and England now, is it? You don't make 80% of money for world cricket and get sidelined buddy, If ICC is ready to give 80% of money to India and share the rest 20% among others then why not, have all the "Woolf" report you want which in reality is a "wolf" report meant to favour certain nations who no longer have the financial might and will not even have that might for decades in future due to cricket's popularity and market-size in India.

  • POSTED BY Nutcutlet on | September 30, 2013, 10:06 GMT

    It's what happens on your watch, Mr Srinivasan! That's called taking responsibility of the conduct of the board & its members. The last watch was a bit of a doze, wan't it?

  • POSTED BY wibblewibble on | September 30, 2013, 10:03 GMT

    @satishchander: Your argument is bogus - "Australia and England behaved badly in the past and so it is fine now that India is behaving badly". It wasn't fine for England and Australia then, it's not fine now for India. At some point you will realise this, but by then it will be too late.

  • POSTED BY on | September 30, 2013, 9:31 GMT

    were these the parliament elections?

  • POSTED BY ladycricfan on | September 30, 2013, 7:58 GMT

    @sugath, isn't the team india doing well, in all formats? It is among the top three. No 1 in ODIs. Odi squad was just announced. Yuvi is back. Let's watch cricket.

  • POSTED BY chotteguru on | October 1, 2013, 12:13 GMT

    I think in time to come, Indian cricket will regret not having taken advantage of this opportune moment to change they way cricket in India is governed. I wonder what it will take for BCCI to work for the interests of All Cricket in India and so become a trully respected and admired "Leader" of "World Cricket"?

  • POSTED BY satishchandar on | October 1, 2013, 7:34 GMT

    @wibblewibble : Good one but what i feel is, who authorised the Wolf report? Why would a report come out of world saying democracy when two big guns who ruled as per their wish were not able to digest and ruled by the biggest of them all.. They would have opted for democracy when they were heading the ICC right?

  • POSTED BY on | October 1, 2013, 1:20 GMT

    @ LongLiveTestCricket on (September 30, 2013, 6:23 GMT)

    1. AGM is for conducting elections; election of office bearers. 2. IND-SA tour is handled at a different level. 3. For more than the point 2 above is in Logart's court. Hopehe gets in toch with BCCI ( most probably through Sanjay Patel; since initial contact was made in Dubai, a couple of weeks ago (after wasting 3 months)

  • POSTED BY shillingsworth on | September 30, 2013, 18:49 GMT

    @satishchandar - The ICC usually generates a surplus from staging the global tournaments and distributes this to the full members. It is a myth that running the ICC constitutes a net cost to the BCCI or any other national board.

  • POSTED BY on | September 30, 2013, 16:28 GMT

    Wolf appeared in lamb's skin,and expected everyone to believe that he is a lamb! The then CEO of ICC aggressively tried to sell those wares, the consequences of which, he is reaping now. In fact, Wolf was trying to play a Robinhood -- rob the rich to pay the poor. In modern day business logic, it just doesn't work, as the communist countries proved beyond any doubt. Open market competitive economy always rewards the most efficient firm which can make the BEST use of all factors of production.

    The days of Engels & Marx, and their magnum opus Das Kapital are over. Their dicta are buried for ever.We are squarely back to the Keynesian days. Or, if you wish to go much earlier into human history, these are Darwinian days; which facilitates the survival of the fittest, in every way. The inefficient ones can only gawk in envy.

    Earlier all concerned agree to this reality, better for every one. And, meaningless arguments will stop.

  • POSTED BY on | September 30, 2013, 10:22 GMT

    @wibblewibble: By your logic, it is too late for Australia and England now, is it? You don't make 80% of money for world cricket and get sidelined buddy, If ICC is ready to give 80% of money to India and share the rest 20% among others then why not, have all the "Woolf" report you want which in reality is a "wolf" report meant to favour certain nations who no longer have the financial might and will not even have that might for decades in future due to cricket's popularity and market-size in India.

  • POSTED BY Nutcutlet on | September 30, 2013, 10:06 GMT

    It's what happens on your watch, Mr Srinivasan! That's called taking responsibility of the conduct of the board & its members. The last watch was a bit of a doze, wan't it?

  • POSTED BY wibblewibble on | September 30, 2013, 10:03 GMT

    @satishchander: Your argument is bogus - "Australia and England behaved badly in the past and so it is fine now that India is behaving badly". It wasn't fine for England and Australia then, it's not fine now for India. At some point you will realise this, but by then it will be too late.

  • POSTED BY on | September 30, 2013, 9:31 GMT

    were these the parliament elections?

  • POSTED BY ladycricfan on | September 30, 2013, 7:58 GMT

    @sugath, isn't the team india doing well, in all formats? It is among the top three. No 1 in ODIs. Odi squad was just announced. Yuvi is back. Let's watch cricket.

  • POSTED BY Sugath on | September 30, 2013, 7:37 GMT

    Hi SC13159, you will know it when the game itself begin to disintegrate. All this is there because of the game, but today it has been surpassed, and what will the horizon be? The credibility is slowly but surely moving out through the window.

  • POSTED BY srinideva on | September 30, 2013, 7:01 GMT

    someone is crying out for wolf report...the power is here..you have to live with it..or you'll face the heat just like SA..you want the money from them but not their opinions..

  • POSTED BY ladycricfan on | September 30, 2013, 6:46 GMT

    Court couldn't stop srini from being elected. Media couldn't stop srini.. All the fans who were against him couldn't stop him. What does it shows? He himself has not done nothing wrong. Now only through gurunath court could stop him. Even then until guru's probe is over.

  • POSTED BY LongLiveTestCricket on | September 30, 2013, 6:23 GMT

    Nothing about cricket such as Ind-SA series which was planned to be finalized in the meet and all about petty politics by non-cricketers in BCCI. You know the credibility of the game is at stake when the issues are not about the game but politics outside the field.

  • POSTED BY satishchandar on | September 30, 2013, 6:14 GMT

    Srini did no wrong. Even if there are certain things which he did are not perfect and he is not the cleanest of the people around, would still retain him for certain reasons. He was the owner of India cements which owns CSK even before he became BCCI boss. BCCI knew very well that he is going to buy a IPL team when he was a official in the BCCI and whole world knew he owned a IPL team when he became the BCCI boss.. Where does dishonesty come here? If anyone had any problem, oust him through your votes. His SIL is accused now and even there, nothing points towards Srini anywhere. Srini is in helm of TNCA for decades now and man management comes naturally to that guy. He is not someone who came out of the blue but has one of the most brilliant cricket running talent.. Congrats Srini..

  • POSTED BY satishchandar on | September 30, 2013, 6:09 GMT

    @Greatest_Game : Cant agree or disagree with your first point. Depends on the individual who thinks it that way. As for your second point, why no Wolf came out when Australia or England were setting the ICC on their own and come out and democratize ICC ONLY when India rules it now? It is indeed a Wolf report.

    If you need equal share in governing the ICC, then pay equally to run it.. You want BCCI to contribute 80% of share to run ICC but 10% right in making a decision? How hypocritical! BCCI would never have any problem in equal sharing if all the members of ICC decide to contribute equally in running ICC..

  • POSTED BY ladycricfan on | September 30, 2013, 6:06 GMT

    Gurunath is an adult and is responsible for his own actions. He may or may not have done wrong. What has it got to do with Srinivasan. How anybody knows they are even talking to each other? Look at ambani brothers. Brothers, competing and fighting with each other. The way all 30 bcci members elected Srinivasan unanimously shows, how much confidence they have in him.

  • POSTED BY Thyagu5432 on | September 30, 2013, 5:47 GMT

    Whatever you like or do not like about Srinivasan, you can't help but admire his guts. The entire media in India was after him and he has finally come out trumps. Personally, I feel he has nothing to do with Gurunath's conduct. Why should Srinivasan be punished for something that somebody else has done? For most of us it is difficult to believe that he has no hand in Gurunath affair because of the relationship. However, if he did have a hand, I doubt anybody can be so adamant and fight against all odds. Hats off to Srinivasan!

  • POSTED BY on | September 30, 2013, 5:24 GMT

    My guess is Srinivasan will definitely win if he plays a game of chess against Grandmaster Viswanathan Anand. His moves are very canny. All is fair in love and war for Srinivasan. More the opposition, the more his adamance. He is determined to see the end of this.

  • POSTED BY Sugath on | September 30, 2013, 4:34 GMT

    Can honesty prevail at BCCI? Winning does not make one an honest person

  • POSTED BY crick_sucks on | September 30, 2013, 4:18 GMT

    Hate it or Like it but one fact must be acknowledged that BCCI has followers from all around the globe. 13 comments(some from out of India) for a BCCI AGM!!!

  • POSTED BY amitgarg78 on | September 30, 2013, 2:07 GMT

    What a farce! But then, how can we have BCCI not reflecting the events in the parliament? If our elected leaders can support an ordinance to help include criminals, this was always on cards in an election @BCCI which has always resisted any attempts at transparency.

  • POSTED BY IndianEagle on | September 30, 2013, 2:00 GMT

    india should cancel the SA tour bcz Lorgat took instruction from is bindra, they planned to remove srini, now srini is back. He should take this decision for best intrest of indian cricket

  • POSTED BY Leg-Breaker on | September 30, 2013, 1:44 GMT

    If this is democracy...quod erat demonstrandum?

  • POSTED BY soumik on | September 30, 2013, 1:22 GMT

    We think more the ex-cricketers participate in running the administration, more better it is for the game as a whole. We expect them to be transparent and held the game above of all.When I see KCA supporting Srinivasan (that means Anil Kumble,Srinath and Dravid),things become a bit confusing to me.Nobody can ever question their committment and credability towards the game of cricket and their accomplishments, but them supporting a guy who has lost his credability time and again tells me something. And that 'something' is not good.I'm loosing hope pretty fast.

  • POSTED BY IndCricFan2013 on | September 30, 2013, 0:05 GMT

    Good Luck Srini and Team. You have got one year, make every one proud and even the critics.

  • POSTED BY shillingsworth on | September 29, 2013, 20:31 GMT

    I read the article hoping to learn what the victors' plans for the future of the game were. Instead, I waded through paragraph after paragraph detailing a power struggle between bureaucrats with scarcely a mention of the sport they are supposed to be administering. It does however provide an answer of sorts to my question - they have no plans beyond ensuring their continuance in office.

  • POSTED BY Greatest_Game on | September 29, 2013, 20:11 GMT

    @ VickGower wrote "Great to see the BCCI haters lose… (Srini's) election was deserved because he got (2 issues) right ... anti-DRS, & support of Dhoni…"

    1. Those anti-Srinivasan are NOT anti-BCCI or anti-India. They only oppose HIS role in cricket.

    2. DRS is minor, & Dhoni a legend. It was Srini's opposition to the Woolf report that was huge. The Woolf report sought to democratise cricket: change the ICC & reduce the power of the major countries - Eng, Aus & yes, India. 15 years ago, India would have hailed it. (www.espncricinfo.com/ci-icc/content/story/551836.html)

    But, this challenged the PURELY FINANCIAL interests of Srini & co: businessmen (NOT Cricketers) who pursued BCCI control because cricket is a HUGE industry.

    Dominance by person, group, or country creates inequality. India suffered under colonialism & it's legacy, yet today these men use Indian cricket's money to transform the BCCI into an International Corporation - a neocolonialist entity.

  • POSTED BY RG88 on | September 29, 2013, 19:46 GMT

    Now that BCCI is back in order notwithstanding the Court Case, its high time the stakeholders of the game ie we the people who love our cricket, get a clearer picture on the WI tour of India and Indian tour to South Africa. Hope for a clearer picture sooner rather than later.

  • POSTED BY on | September 29, 2013, 19:05 GMT

    Now expect an Indian team that reads something along the lines of -

    Murli Vijay, Shikhar Dhawan, S Badrinath, S Tendulkar, S Raina, V Kohli, MS Dhoni, R Jadeja, R Ashwin, V Kumar, M Sharma, I Sharma

    There are a lot of selections here that seem to defy logic, but the common factor here - CSK, RCB & SRH. Only exception being S Tendulkar.

    India has to pay the price of the back-door deals that Srinivasan would have made to help himself get the president position with only his partners-in-crime holding all the other offices in BCCI.

    Count on all enquiries against his son-in-law being cleverly buried on grounds of insufficient evidence by the time the next IPL auction starts.

  • POSTED BY on | September 29, 2013, 17:08 GMT

    congractulaton srinivasan.. you proved once again you proved your are the strongest man in world cricket. in your period indian team achieved more.your selection process proved in chennai super kings winning stream in every tournament. it is example for all

  • POSTED BY VickGower on | September 29, 2013, 15:37 GMT

    Great to see the BCCI haters lose. Indian cricket is well off to have a strong chief. His election was deserved because he got two most important decisions right while facing down withering criticism: his anti-DRS stand, and his support of Dhoni, when everyone was gunning for the guy.

  • POSTED BY on | September 29, 2013, 15:26 GMT

    How very democratic. Nothing like a string of unopposed elections to show how honest and above board the whole BCCI is.

  • POSTED BY Greatest_Game on | September 29, 2013, 15:16 GMT

    A dark day for world cricket! An even darker day for Indian cricket, and the first step in India's isolation from the international cricket community. Old divisions in international cricket will begin to heal: nothing unites a group - any group - like a common threat, and that is what Cricket now faces.

  • POSTED BY on | September 29, 2013, 15:10 GMT

    Sad that even Anil Kumble is supporting this guy... Though I am an Indian, probably its time to start supporting another country

  • POSTED BY srinideva on | September 29, 2013, 14:59 GMT

    Wow...What a man he is..He has some guts..He was/ is targeted by the media, but man he came back like a man...I just wondering what is Mr. lorgat thinking about this election...You can`t mess with a giant and just say hello...Tough time ahead SA..

  • POSTED BY on | September 29, 2013, 14:52 GMT

    Sad news that the corrupt man again re elected as the president of BCCI

  • POSTED BY on | September 29, 2013, 14:50 GMT

    Good to see Srinivasan back in control despite all the press and media against him. We definitely need some bold administrator in the current scenario where most of the profits in the world cricket are coming from India and every other country wants a piece of that pie while at the same time criticizing the very same board whose operational efficiency makes all that possible.

  • POSTED BY on | September 29, 2013, 14:21 GMT

    i am agree with Srinivasan.Ranjib Biswal should be the next chairman in IPL.come on odiya people & support...

  • POSTED BY CanGrit on | September 29, 2013, 14:21 GMT

    Congratulations Srinivasan!! Despite all the odds you came thru as you promised!

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  • POSTED BY CanGrit on | September 29, 2013, 14:21 GMT

    Congratulations Srinivasan!! Despite all the odds you came thru as you promised!

  • POSTED BY on | September 29, 2013, 14:21 GMT

    i am agree with Srinivasan.Ranjib Biswal should be the next chairman in IPL.come on odiya people & support...

  • POSTED BY on | September 29, 2013, 14:50 GMT

    Good to see Srinivasan back in control despite all the press and media against him. We definitely need some bold administrator in the current scenario where most of the profits in the world cricket are coming from India and every other country wants a piece of that pie while at the same time criticizing the very same board whose operational efficiency makes all that possible.

  • POSTED BY on | September 29, 2013, 14:52 GMT

    Sad news that the corrupt man again re elected as the president of BCCI

  • POSTED BY srinideva on | September 29, 2013, 14:59 GMT

    Wow...What a man he is..He has some guts..He was/ is targeted by the media, but man he came back like a man...I just wondering what is Mr. lorgat thinking about this election...You can`t mess with a giant and just say hello...Tough time ahead SA..

  • POSTED BY on | September 29, 2013, 15:10 GMT

    Sad that even Anil Kumble is supporting this guy... Though I am an Indian, probably its time to start supporting another country

  • POSTED BY Greatest_Game on | September 29, 2013, 15:16 GMT

    A dark day for world cricket! An even darker day for Indian cricket, and the first step in India's isolation from the international cricket community. Old divisions in international cricket will begin to heal: nothing unites a group - any group - like a common threat, and that is what Cricket now faces.

  • POSTED BY on | September 29, 2013, 15:26 GMT

    How very democratic. Nothing like a string of unopposed elections to show how honest and above board the whole BCCI is.

  • POSTED BY VickGower on | September 29, 2013, 15:37 GMT

    Great to see the BCCI haters lose. Indian cricket is well off to have a strong chief. His election was deserved because he got two most important decisions right while facing down withering criticism: his anti-DRS stand, and his support of Dhoni, when everyone was gunning for the guy.

  • POSTED BY on | September 29, 2013, 17:08 GMT

    congractulaton srinivasan.. you proved once again you proved your are the strongest man in world cricket. in your period indian team achieved more.your selection process proved in chennai super kings winning stream in every tournament. it is example for all