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IPL COO was at meeting in Dubai

Calcutta: Sunil Gavaskar, interim president of the Board in IPL matters, may be “evaluating” information specific to the IPL’s COO, Sundar Raman, but the latter remains on as strong a wicket as ‘mentor’ Narayanswamy Srinivasan.

Strange things happen, don’t they?

Srinivasan has effectively been suspended as the Board president by the Supreme Court. Yet, that didn’t stop him from attending the International Cricket Council (ICC)’s executive board meeting, in Dubai, on Wednesday-Thursday.

That Srinivasan did as a nominee of the Board, though it’s a mystery who nominated him after the Supreme Court’s interim order of March 28. There was, after all, no meeting at any level to discuss the issue.

In June, Srinivasan is set to take over as the ICC’s first chairman after its restructuring.

The Chennai Express will remain on track, unless it’s derailed by the Supreme Court.

On Saturday, The Telegraph learnt that, briefly, Raman even attended the ICC’s executive board meeting!

“Raman was asked to join the meeting when some commercial issues came up. He left after that, but was very much in Srinivasan’s vicinity almost at all times,” a well-placed source said.

Thanks to Srinivasan, Raman is on the ICC’s powerful finance and commercial affairs committee.

On the face of it, it may not be unusual if somebody is asked to join an executive board meeting, but the move raises eyebrows when the person in question is under the scanner, albeit in a different role.

The Supreme Court, in its interim order, left it to Gavaskar to decide whether Raman should continue as the IPL’s COO.

With IPL VII just days away, it’s unlikely that Raman will be packed off. That, too, when Srinivasan is very much in ‘control’ of the Board.