Calcutta: Narayanswamy Srinivasan, president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), and the Asian Cricket Council (ACC), is understood to have called off his visit to Dhaka on Sunday.
According to a well-placed source, Srinivasan had plans to attend the India-Pakistan match in the Asia Cup, which is the ACC’s premier tournament.
Speaking to The Telegraph late on Saturday, the well-placed source, who is in the BCCI, said: “In fact, Mr Srinivasan may not even attend the March 8 final (in Dhaka). He has important issues to address.”
Not very surprisingly, the well-placed source didn’t elaborate, but speculation is rife that despite the business-as-usual front presented by Srinivasan, he’s only focused on March 7, when the Supreme Court takes up the Justice (retd) Mukul Mudgal probe committee report.
The three-member Justice Mudgal committee report has put Srinivasan’s son-in-law, Gurunath Meiyappan, firmly in the dock.
As the Justice Mudgal committee was appointed by the Supreme Court itself, it’s being taken for granted that the apex court will take the report forward “in some manner.”
The Justice Mudgal committee report has indicted Meiyappan for betting and passing on information during the last IPL. But did he also fix matches involving the Chennai Super Kings? That requires further investigation.
Besides what is out in the public domain, there’s intense interest (trepidation, too, in some quarters) over what was handed over to the Supreme Court in a sealed cover the day Justice Mudgal submitted the report.
That was on February 10.
Strictly technically, reports have been submitted, as one of the three members of the probe committee, senior advocate Nilay Dutta, gave a separate report.
Justice Mudgal and L. Nageswar Rao, India’s additional solicitor-general, gave their report together.
Srinivasan, incidentally, is set to become the first chairman of a restructured International Cricket Council. That’s later this year.
Footnote: It’s by rotation that Srinivasan is the ACC president. In June-July, it will be the Sri Lanka nominee’s turn to take over, for a period of two years.