Calcutta: Narayanswamy Srinivasan is expected here on Saturday evening and will, as of now, chair the working committee meeting of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).
The meeting is scheduled for Sunday afternoon.
Srinivasan, therefore, is just hours away from again assuming charge as president of the BCCI. He’d stepped aside, for the second time, on August 2.
Treasurer Ravi Savant and secretary Sanjay Patel, seen as Srinivasan loyalists, have done their bit to prepare the world for his return.
Their comments have embarrassed Jagmohan Dalmiya, who has been the BCCI’s interim president almost continuously from June 2.
However, the BCCI’s constitution (actually, its memorandum of rules and regulations) has no provision for an interim president.
Dalmiya appeared to pull up Savant the other day, but that didn’t stop Patel from going a step further on Friday evening.
Both Savant and Patel became key office-bearers only after ‘rebels’ Ajay Shirke (treasurer) and Sanjay Jagdale (secretary) quit in the lead-up to the June 2 emergent working committee meeting.
Within the BCCI, the eyes are also focused somewhat on senior vice-president Arun Jaitley, who is the leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha.
It’s with a reason.
“In matters of law, Jaitley’s word is final... The No.1 issue at this stage is whether he’ll advise Srinivasan not to chair the working committee meeting,” a top source told The Telegraph.
No court has said that Srinivasan can’t function as the BCCI president, but the Cricket Association of Bihar (CAB) matter has now been posted on September 11 by the Supreme Court.
The CAB doesn’t have affiliation, yet in the past month or so alone, it has made more headlines than what some of the affiliated units manage in a year.
Word is that two former presidents of the BCCI, who have no love lost for Srinivasan, have been “guiding” the CAB.
There’s nothing from the BCCI, but there’s talk that the registrar of societies in Tamil Nadu could (if it gets too hot for Srinivasan) be requested to permit the delaying of the AGM beyond September 30.
The BCCI is registered under the Tamil Nadu Societies Registration Act.
Srinivasan will be seeking a third year as the BCCI president, at the AGM, which may be hosted by Chennai.