|Narayanswamy Srinivasan,Jagmohan Dalmiya
Chennai: Narayanswamy Srinivasan isn’t just focused on a third year as the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president, but is actually looking beyond 2014, at a second innings on the trot.
Well-placed sources of The Telegraph said as much on Saturday evening, after it was confirmed that Srinivasan faces no opposition in getting the third year.
Despite the IPL scandals and despite the Supreme Court’s scathing observations on Friday afternoon.
With Srinivasan’s own zone, South, behind him solidly, nobody could get even a fleeting glance of the president’s chair.
In fact, there won’t be elections for a single post during the AGM at the Sheraton Park Hotel & Towers on Sunday morning.
Assured of the support of South and East, a total of 12 out of the 30 affiliates, Srinivasan has gone out of his way to woo North and is now assured of three votes (Delhi, Haryana, Himachal) from there.
To further his cause, and playing a long-term game, Srinivasan chose Haryana’s Anirudh Chaudhry as the treasurer, replacing Mumbai’s Ravi Savant.
Savant has, instead, been made a vice-president.
Chaudhry, who’d proposed Lalit Modi’s explusion during Wednesday afternoon’s SGM, is the son of Ranbir Singh Mahendra, a former president of the BCCI.
Mahendra has the dubious distinction of having been the president for one year only (2004-05). Srinivasan was part of the group, led by Sharad Pawar, which humiliated him.
But, then, nothing in the BCCI is permanent. Neither the bonhomie nor the enmity.
As things stand, then, Srinivasan looks to be certain of 15 votes should he press for innings No.2. Plus, add Baroda, whose Sanjay Patel has been retained as secretary.
That number may go up as, barring six of the affiliates (Jammu and Kashmir, CCI, NCC, Railways, Services and Universities), the remaining 24 are set to share over Rs 800 crore among themselves!
It’s a massive figure, one big reason why the affiliates don’t want to upset things when so much moolah is on the way. Status quo suits them all.
Srinivasan, meanwhile, will chair the AGM.
While Srinivasan did have a one-on-one with Dalmiya on Saturday morning, in the latter’s suite, there apparently was “no discussion” on the way forward if the Supreme Court has something more adverse to say when hearing on a SLP resumes.
Srinivasan is understood to have given an “assurance” to Dalmiya, but neither hinted about the specifics.
Dalmiya will, of course, be back on centre stage if Srinivasan can’t assume charge for an indefinite period.
The 2013-14 LINE-UP
President: Narayanswamy Srinivasan
Secretary: Sanjay Patel
Joint secretary: Anurag Thakur
Treasurer: Anirudh Chaudhry
Vice-presidents: S.P.Bansal (North), Shivlal Yadav (South), Chitrak Mitra (East), Ravi Savant (West), Rajeev Shukla (Central).