Chennai, Sept. 29: In Narayanswamy Srinivasan, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has a constitutionally elected president, but he cannot function as one.
Not till the Supreme Court has disposed of the SLP filed by the Cricket Association of Bihar. Hearing resumes tomorrow, but there’s no guarantee an order will definitely come the same day.
It’s a pathetic state of affairs, yet the BCCI is perfectly happy with this extraordinary arrangement.
The tragedy, really, is that even former cricketers have backed Srinivasan despite knowing just how messy it may get.
“I don’t wish to comment.… There’s a case going on in court. It’s not for me to state who is the president as we speak,” Jagmohan Dalmiya, a former president, told The Telegraph, before heading back to Calcutta.
In fact, not one of the 30 affiliates bothered to ask Srinivasan, who chaired the AGM today, if a contingency plan was in place. Apparently, Srinivasan announced that his “team” would run the BCCI till the Supreme Court disposed of the SLP.
Dalmiya isn’t part of Srinivasan’s “team” and he hasn’t been asked to look after the day-to-day working of the BCCI. The official explanation is that the BCCI was without a secretary (after Sanjay Jagdale’s resignation on June 2), which is why Dalmiya had to be given that role. But is that the complete story?
Now, elected secretary Sanjay Patel will do the needful — including approving the India squad for the solitary T20 and the first three ODIs against Australia, after tomorrow’s selection committee meeting.
Srinivasan has realised his goal and got his men in every position, but some wondered whether he should have continued chairing the AGM after he got elected unopposed as president for a third year.
The Supreme Court didn't bar Srinivasan from offering himself as a candidate but had strong things to say otherwise. So, could it take a dim view of the happenings at the Park Sheraton Hotel & Towers?
Strangely, The AGM ended with a "resolution" expressing faith in Srinivasan. It emanated from the floor, not the chair, but would have been approved (if not scripted) by the president.
Perhaps, the resolution had something to do with a restraining notice served on all the affiliates by the Bihar body, which isn't itself a part of the BCCI.
The business side of the AGM got over in "25 minutes", then there was an adjournment to finalise the committees and lunch. On being reconvened, it didn't last long either.
There was, by the way, plenty of lobbying for the key committees.
Former India U-19 captain, selector and manager Ranjib Biswal is the new chairman of the IPL. Contender Amitabh Choudhary, who was requested to "understand compulsions", has been placated with the chairmanship of the marketing and the debut-making anti-corruption and security committees.
Choudhary resigned from the IPS only recently and, so, is an excellent choice to head the new committee.
For now, the attention is on the Supreme Court. Some are, of course, also looking ahead - to the battle in the next AGM.
Srinivasan has sent a signal to the Shashank Manohars by dropping Niranjan Shah and Sudhir Dabir from the list of vice-presidents. However, it doesn't mean the end of opposition. Muted though it may be.
Closely tracked will be the upcoming elections in two affiliates - Mumbai and Karnataka. Both are currently backing Srinivasan, but equations would alter if there are changes in those two bodies.
The BCCI is, after all, the breeding ground for games of a different kind.
The following is
the BCCI resolution accessed by Lokendra Pratap Sahi
“The members unanimously place on record that the General Body has complete
faith and confidence in Mr N. Srinivasan and that the members of the BCCI have accepted the result of the election with full knowledge of all pending court proceedings.…
“The General Body also wishes to place on record that it is confident the hon’ble president
of the BCCI will, at all times, treat the interests of the BCCI as paramount and will do everything in his power to ensure that the image and reputation of the BCCI is not put at risk.…
“The General Body
is also confident that the hon’ble president will, with the full support of this body, take all necessary steps to ensure the ills plaguing the sport in India are dealt with in the most severe manner.”