Calcutta: Despite the damning charge sheet against son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan, Narayanswamy Srinivasan seems assured of the backing of all six affiliates of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) from South.
Besides his own Tamil Nadu, the others are Andhra, Goa, Hyderabad, Karnataka and Kerala.
Tamil Nadu, one understands, has formally asked for support from the other five and “nobody” has raised objections.
Srinivasan is intent on seeking a third year as the BCCI president and will chair the September 29 AGM in Chennai.
It’s to be seen if somebody somewhere moves court and gets a stay. Such a possibility can’t be ruled out after the Lalit Kumar Modi development, which came out of the blue.
The BCCI was, of course, foolish in underestimating Modi, who has based himself in London for the past three years.
Getting back to Srinivasan... The Telegraph spoke to four of the six affiliates, on Saturday evening, and each one of them insisted that the IPL-related charge sheet would have “no bearing” on the president’s future.
With the intra-zonal unity appearing intact, a common point made by the four affiliates was: Hang the “wayward” son-in-law, if need be, but judge Srinivasan only on what he has done while holding various positions in the BCCI.
That has been the Srinivasan line for the past four months and has been bought, among others, by senior-most vice-president Arun Jaitley.
Jaitley, the leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha, has the maximum influence within the BCCI at this point in time.
Srinivasan has as good as disowned his son-in-law, but his comments (“it has got nothing to do with me,” for example) have shown him to be selfish and power hungry.
For somebody to challenge Srinivasan, he will have to be proposed and seconded by affiliates from South.
Unless there’s a dramatic shift in positions, Srinivasan seems to be on track.
It’s interesting that an office-bearer of one of the affiliates asked: “Why is it that the media only talks of morality and ethics with regard to Srinivasan?
“What about the moral responsibility on many issues where people in very high places (in New Delhi) are concerned? With Meiyappan, let the law take its course.”
After the scams and missing files, that argument has some merit.
An office-bearer of another affiliate wondered why the charge sheet was filed so close to the AGM.
“Is there a Sharad Pawar hand in this?” he asked.
Pawar and Srinivasan have fallen apart and the former’s party, the NCP, has the home portfolio in Maharashtra.
While it’s to be seen how Meiyappan’s trial unfolds (he’s out on bail), the Chennai Super Kings are back under the scanner. And how!
There’s “documentary evidence” to show that Meiyappan was the team principal and, if it’s proved that he did divulge privileged information, then the Super Kings would become history.
Any act that has an adverse effect on the game, the BCCI or the IPL itself, is supposed to invite the ultimate penalty — termination, according to clause 12.3 of the IPL’s Code of Conduct, which governs franchises.
Some, meanwhile, could demand that the Super Kings be suspended straightaway. The franchise is owned by India Cements, where Srinivasan is vice-chairman and managing director.