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May 25, 2013
A timeline of N Srinivasan's rise to power in the BCCI and some major decisions that he enforced.
2001: N Srinivasan enters cricket administration in his home state of Tamil Nadu, as an ally of former BCCI president, AC Muthiah.
2002: Becomes president of Tamil Nadu Cricket Association.
2005: Srinivasan is elected BCCI treasurer after forming an informal alliance with Indian politician Sharad Pawar, in a bid to cast then board president Jagmohan Dalmiya out from the BCCI's power centre. Pawar is elected as president.
January 2008: India Cements, the Chennai-based company owned by Srinivasan's family, wins the Chennai IPL franchise when the city-based bids are awarded. Controversy over a conflict of interest issue ensues.
September 2008: Clause 6.2.4 of the IPL's Regulations for Players, Team officials, Umpires and Administrators is amended. Before amendment, it read: "No administrator shall have, directly or indirectly, any commercial interest in the matches and events conducted by the board." After the change, it read: "No administrator shall have, directly or indirectly, any commercial interest in any of the events of the BCCI, excluding IPL, Champions League and Twenty20."
September 2008: Srinivasan is elected as Secretary of BCCI.
April 2010: Former BCCI president AC Muthiah files a petition in the Supreme Court of India challenging the board's rules that permit BCCI and IPL administrators to be part of the IPL and own league teams. The petition follows the Madras High Court's decision to dismiss a similar plea filed by Muthiah.
September 2010: The Supreme Court observes that there appears to have been a conflict of interest in Srinivasan holding the office of BCCI treasurer while bidding for an IPL franchise. It suggests that he resign from his position in the board and retain his status as the owner of the Chennai Super Kings. However, it says, these were observations and not a judgement.
September 2010: Srinivasan gets strong backing for president-elect. The formalisation of Srinivasan as president-elect comes through the nominations he receives not only from the South Zone teams of Tamil Nadu, Hyderabad and Kerala but also three nominations from outside the zone - Saurashtra, Orissa and Jharkhand.
April 2011: A two-judge bench of the Supreme Court delivers a split verdict on Muthiah's petition challenging Srinivasan's right to hold a position in the board while also holding a stake in an IPL franchise. At this point, Srinivasan is the BCCI's secretary. The split verdict means the petition is to be referred to the Chief Justice for allocating it to a larger bench.
August 2011: Muthiah files a petition to stop Srinivasan from officially taking over as BCCI president at September's annual general meeting. The petition is based on the grounds that a two-judge bench returned a split verdict on the conflict of interest case in April.
September 2011: India's Supreme Court clears the way for Srinivasan to take over as BCCI president, but its decision is subject to the outcome of Muthiah's petition challenging his election. The court rules that if Srinivasan is stopped from becoming president at this point, it would amount to deciding the outcome of that pending petition, which is being looked at by a larger bench of the Supreme Court. There has been no further news on this front till date.
September 19, 2011: Srinivasan, who was appointed president-elect at BCCI's 2010 annual general meeting, officially takes over as BCCI president from Shashank Manohar at the board's 2011 AGM in Mumbai. His term is for two years, extendable by one year.
September 2011: In the first of his statements criticising the DRS, India's new board president Srinivasan says the system in its then present form is not good enough, after Hot Spot - which was made mandatory at the previous ICC meeting on the urging of the BCCI - proved inconclusive on a few occasions during India's 2011 tour of England.
February 2012: Following Sahara's announcement that it had decided to pull out of its sponsorship of the Indian team and ownership of the Pune Warriors IPL franchise due to several points of dispute with the BCCI - an announcement that came just an hour before the start of the annual IPL auction - Srinivasan begins the conciliatory process. It ends well, with Sahara returning to the fold.
February 2012: Srinivasan announces that the BCCI's working committee has rejected several recommendations of the Woolf report concerning the restructuring of the ICC.
December 2012: Former India selector accuses N Srinivasan of interfering in selection matters by blocking the selectors' decision to drop MS Dhoni after India's 4-0 loss to Australia in January 2012. The BCCI chooses not to respond to Amarnath's statements.
May 2013: L Sivaramakrishnan is elected to ICC's cricket committee, replacing FICA chief executive, Tim May. The election creates controversy as May suggests that the BCCI pressurised other Test-playing nations into voting for Sivaramakrishnan
May 2013: The arrest of three Rajasthan Royals players for alleged spot-fixing opens up a fresh controversy which affects Srinivasan after his son-in-law, Gurunath Meiyappan is arrested for alleged betting.
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