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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  • ESPN on March 30, 2014, 12:50 GMT

    This is incredible india, u can expect unexpected.

  • Dummy4 on March 30, 2014, 3:26 GMT

    ICC is an international body, BCCI administration is different. Even BCCI can hire some one to represent on behalf of them.

  • Wahab on March 29, 2014, 21:00 GMT

    Lol. This sounds funny, a person who who cannot take any affair of an organization, He can represent that organization outside. See, In my point of view, for the sake of image of the game, Indian Cricket should get clean first. If President is ordered to give up presedency then why people would believe their whole board. For God Sake, this is for the furture of the game ...

  • Dummy4 on March 29, 2014, 18:47 GMT

    Legally there may be nothing to prevent Srinivasan from representing India/BCCI at ICC. The court which perhaps went beyond its brief to recommend Sunil Gavaskar as chief of IPL has strangely found a technicality coming in the way of asking for an alternative personality to represent BCCI at ICC. And the fact that the BCCI minus Srinivasan has no qualms whatsoever shows there is nothing like ethics and morality operating within BCCI. I will be damned if we dont witness more scams in teh next few years :(

  • Sakthi on March 29, 2014, 10:50 GMT

    SC have no issue with MR. Srinivasan until he interferes in the IPL probe. So I think he is the best man to represent BCCI at ICC.

  • Mohanakumaran on March 29, 2014, 9:47 GMT

    Good for world cricket...Way Go Srini !!

  • V V S TULASIRAM on March 29, 2014, 8:37 GMT

    BCCI should clarify that in which capacity Mr. Srinivasan is representing BCCI in ICC in view of Court's Verdict.

  • suresh kumar on March 29, 2014, 8:19 GMT

    how people still questioning srini's role at icc on behalf of bcci even after reading this article? He is head of TNCA man!

  • VIPIN on March 29, 2014, 8:08 GMT

    sreenivasan is the msot suitable person to be at that posistion.he helped india to be the cricketing power in the world.he is good at governance and there is no proved prrofs against him.this is north indian lobby which is playing all this games

  • ESPN on March 29, 2014, 7:38 GMT

    This is a joke, what does he do at the ICC if he doesn't function as President of BCCI anymore? How can he act on behalf of BCCI if he isn't the president of BCCI anymore?

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