India news March 28, 2014

Srinivasan set to remain BCCI representative at ICC

Despite having been removed as the BCCI president by the Supreme Court, N Srinivasan will continue to represent the BCCI at the ICC. He is set to attend the ICC Executive Board meeting, to be held in Dubai on April 9-10, which is likely to discuss the legal perspectives of the proposed ICC governance model, including Srinivasan's elevation as the ICC chairman.

When requested by the BCCI counsel to issue an order stating that regardless of the status of the current case, Srinivasan's position in the ICC would not be affected, the Supreme Court said it would not pass an order on the subject since it was an "internal" matter of the BCCI.

"We want him to attend ICC meets, it's because of his hard work in the past few months that BCCI has been strengthened in world cricket," BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel told The Indian Express. "Even the court has not objected to Srinivasan attending the ICC meet."

According to the Supreme Court directive, no person employed with India Cements can be a part of BCCI's administration. While Patel didn't respond to a query on whether Srinivasan, the India Cements boss, will have to resign from his post to attend the ICC meeting on BCCI's behalf, another BCCI insider revealed to ESPNcricinfo the technicality that would allow Srinivasan to be the BCCI nominee at the ICC.

"Since he is the chief of the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association, the BCCI can definitely nominate him for an ICC meeting," said the insider. "This won't be against the Court order since he will not interfere in the BCCI administration in any way. He would be dealing with an external body on BCCI's behalf."

In normal practice, the BCCI president is inducted onto the ICC board and the secretary attends the ICC Chief Executives Committee meetings. The president also nominates the BCCI's representative at ICC meetings at every AGM.

If Srinivasan is able to attend the April meeting, it could pave the way for him to smoothly take charge as the ICC chairman in July as a BCCI nominee. An ICC statement on February 8 said Srinivasan would take over as chairman in July.

At the moment it is unclear what will happen if the BCCI does not nominate Srinivasan, who following the court order cannot be associated with BCCI in any capacity.

The constitutional amendment pertaining to the BCCI's nominee taking over as ICC chairman will have to be ratified during the ICC's annual conference in June. The only obstacle for Srinivasan would be if any of the other Full Members raise an objection citing the ongoing legal proceedings against the BCCI.

The ICC has preferred to remain tight-lipped so far. If the other boards adopt the same approach, there would be no stopping Srinivasan from heading the world governing body despite having been ousted from his home board.

Amol Karhadkar is a correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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