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Calcutta: Itís not as high pitched as the ongoing honeymoon drama in New Delhi, featuring the Left and the Congress, but there are rumblings within the Mumbai-headquartered Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).

The BCCI president, Sharad Pawar, intends addressing that on Monday evening when top officials meet in Mumbai to ďdiscussĒ a storm-unleashing letter from vice-president Lalit Modi.

That meeting has been called on the eve of the SGMs where, among other things, thereís a proposal to amend the constitution and make provision for a president-elect.

Modi, who heads the Rajasthan Cricket Association, has suggested that if the president-elect is to be identified a year before he assumes office, then the next secretary and treasurer (perhaps even the joint-secretary) should also be known at the same time.

According to The Telegraphís sources, Modiís move is actually aimed at making the most of what seems a difficult bargain. Difficult because Pawar is intent on getting the Vidarbha Cricket Association chief, Shashank Manohar, chosen as the president-elect.

Manohar (vice-president, Central) is an old Jagmohan Dalmiya-basher and has been Pawarís most trusted lieutenant since he came to power in November 2005.

Modi, obviously, is himself keen on the top job. If that remains out of his reach, then itís understood he wonít mind the secretaryís post. Apparently, in such a scenario, Modi would like joint-secretary Mohinder Pandove to be made the treasurer.

Itís not confirmed, but N. Srinivasan (the current treasurer) isnít in Modiís scheme of things. Incidentally, all along, Modi has been seen as somebody close to former president Inderjit Singh Bindra.

If Pawar wonít compromise on Manohar, then indications are that he has to concede ground on the issue of the next secretary and treasurer.

Modi is vice-president from North, but is eligible to stake his claim for the presidency as he heads one of the constituents of Central.

By rotation, itís going to be Centralís turn for the top job.

Clearly, all isnít well within the ruling group and it can only get worse for Pawar if the Manmohan Singh government falls. After all, a huge majority of those paying obeisance are doing so because heís an important Union minister.

Not too long ago, the same so-called cricket administrators had been offering their salaams to Dalmiya, who must be following the developments very keenly.

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