| Narayanswamy Srinivasan |
Calcutta: Contrary to the impression created, there are no plans to hold a tri-series in India, with Pakistan and Sri Lanka as the visiting teams, at the end of this year.
Not till now, at least.
“Let me assure you even that possibility wasn’t discussed at today’s largely informal meeting of the Asian Cricket Council (ACC),” a well-placed source told The Telegraph on Saturday evening.
The well-placed source added: “You could say that has probably been spread by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to put additional pressure on South Africa, ahead of the chief executives’ conclave in Dubai, on Monday-Tuesday.”
That has been called by the International Cricket Council (ICC).
Sanjay Patel, the BCCI secretary, and Cricket South Africa (CSA) chief executive Haroon Lorgat are due to have a one-on-one in that Emirate.
India are supposed to tour South Africa between November this year and January 2014, but the BCCI has rejected the itinerary announced by CSA, claiming it was finalised “unilaterally.”
In this age of express-speed communication, it’s baffling that the matter hasn’t yet been resolved.
Basically, it’s an ego tussle between powerful men in the BCCI and Lorgat, who was the ICC chief executive till last year and had run-ins with the most influential affiliate of the world body.
For the record, Pakistan and Sri Lanka are scheduled to play in the UAE, an away-series for the latter, between December 11-January 20.
The ACC meeting, which was called by president Narayanswamy Srinivasan in Chennai, finalised the dates for the next Asia Cup — February 24 to March 8 next year, in Bangladesh.
That was the “sole agenda.”
There may, however, be a problem with the broadcaster (Nimbus) as it has “certain major issues” to deal with, according to another well-placed source.
Some, meanwhile, are wondering whether Srinivasan should have called the ACC meeting at a time he’s not officially the BCCI president.
By rotation, it is India’s turn to occupy the president’s chair. It’s taken up by the person holding the No.1 position in the BCCI.
But, strictly speaking, the BCCI has an interim president (Jagmohan Dalmiya) at this point in time, a fallout of the scandals which rocked IPL-VI.
Clearly, Srinivasan wants to show the world that he’s very much the boss and in control of all portfolios.
On Friday, after all, Srinivasan chaired the BCCI’s disciplinary committee in New Delhi. Dalmiya was left issuing a statement in Calcutta!
“Srinivasan looked confident, as usual (on Saturday afternoon)... Of course, nobody raised the issue of his current troubles,” one of the well-placed sources pointed out.
The script seems to be going Srinivasan’s way, with some hiccups, but is he overplaying his hand?