| Narayanswamy Srinivasan |
Calcutta: It’s set to become more messy, for some time at least, in the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).
Clearly, it can’t be otherwise after the Supreme Court didn’t bar Narayanswamy Srinivasan from seeking a third year as president, yet categorically ordered that, in the event of his winning, he shouldn’t assume charge.
Not till the SLP moved by the Cricket Association of Bihar (CAB), which isn’t an affiliate of the BCCI, is disposed of.
Specifically, not till “further orders” from Justice A.K.Patnaik and Justice J.S. Kehar.
Hearing on the SLP resumes on Monday, a day after the BCCI’s AGM in Chennai.
Despite setbacks, Srinivasan’s camp is confident that the uncertainty will end that day. That’s the message spread from (and in) Chennai, his home turf.
However, for the time being, it’s bound to get messier as Srinivasan is offering himself as a candidate and, till Friday night, was assured of the support of all six affiliated units from South.
That’s critical as South’s man can be the president for another year.
With Srinivasan set to be elected unopposed, Jagmohan Dalmiya would have to continue as the BCCI’s day-to-day (or interim) president.
In fact, Dalmiya may even chair the AGM, if Srinivasan’s lawyers advise him not to do so, as sitting in the chair could annoy the Supreme Court, which has had harsh words for him.
Perhaps, the views of senior-most vice-president Arun Jaitley will count for the most.
Jaitley is expected in Chennai on Saturday.
For a few hours, the Supreme Court’s order (on Friday afternoon) set the proverbial cat among the pigeons, with many in the BCCI trying to read between the lines.
The general feeling, according to The Telegraph’s sources, was that a “straightforward order” would have been welcome: Either directing Srinivasan not to contest or clearing the decks for him altogether.
It then seemed the BCCI was left with much to do in a truncated T20 game on a dicey wicket.
But Srinivasan’s ‘managers’ were quickly on the job, allowing the president to give a “top-of-the-world look” during the dinner he hosted for the Dalmiyas.
According to invitees, Srinivasan was accompanied by his wife.
Nominations for the principal office-bearers of the BCCI are to be filed between 12 noon and 3.00 pm on Saturday, with an hour provided for withdrawals.
One understands multiple sets of nomination papers are ready in Srinivasan’s favour.
Indications are that Sanjay Patel (secretary), Ravi Savant (treasurer) and Anurag Thakur (joint secretary) will continue.
Meanwhile, there’s talk that Dalmiya would be offered the chairmanship of the IPL.
But what if Union minister Rajeev Shukla shows interest in retaining that position? Will he be accommodated elsewhere?