Chandigarh: Narayanswamy Srinivasan, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president, has confirmed The Telegraph’s report of September 2 — ‘Srini pads up for third year’.
Speaking to the media in Mumbai on Thursday, Srinivasan said: “I am going to stand (seek a third year as president)...”
Under the two-plus-one rule which is in place, Srinivasan is entitled to seek an extension of one year. He’s been the president from September 2011.
In simple terms, Srinivasan has thrown down the gauntlet, making it clear that the controversies haven’t dented his personal agenda one bit.
Srinivasan is convinced he has the numbers, or else he wouldn’t have revealed his cards 10 days before the AGM, in Chennai.
If Srinivasan is to be stopped, then the challenger has to be proposed and seconded by units from South. The person doesn’t have to come from that zone, though.
There’s little, at this point in time, to suggest that two units have decided to ‘break away’ and dump Srinivasan.
Sure, there are some in the BCCI who keep talking about “ethics” and “morality,” but will they be able to field a challenger?
As things stand, one understands Srinivasan has the support of interim president Jagmohan Dalmiya and Arun Jaitley, the senior-most vice-president.
Jaitley, who is the leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha and a key figure in the BJP, currently wields the maximum influence within the BCCI.
So, as long as Jaitley is favourably disposed towards Srinivasan, he won’t be pushed into a corner. No way.
Srinivasan’s men are, however, somewhat wary of the other politician in a top position — IPL chairman Rajeev Shukla, a Union minister.
The BCCI’s AGM is going to be preceded by the SGM, on September 25, which will ban Lalit Kumar Modi for life.
Even those opposed to Srinivasan are on the same page where Modi’s future in the BCCI is concerned.
It’s an unusual achievement by Modi, who has parked himself in London for over three years.