Calcutta: Narayanswamy Srinivasan isn’t the Board president at this point in time, but he continues to head the Asian Cricket Council (ACC)!
That’s not only odd, but wholly improper, as Srinivasan became the ACC president by virtue of heading the Board. That was two years ago.
It’s not clear whether petitioner Aditya Verma’s lawyers placed this fact before Justices Ananga Kumar Patnaik and Fakkir Mohamed Ibrahim Kalifulla during the arguments which preceded their order on Friday.
Not that Srinivasan is an inactive president of the ACC.
According to well-placed sources of The Telegraph, in the Board, Srinivasan has “instructed” the ACC to call a meeting of its finance committee, in Chennai, on May 26-27.
Being the president, Srinivasan gets to chair the finance committee.
The notice for the meeting has been sent out from Kuala Lumpur, where the ACC is headquartered.
Besides, Srinivasan has specifically “requested” the four Test-playing members of the ACC — India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh — to send their chief executive or his equivalent.
The chief executives aren’t members of the ACC’s finance committee.
India will be represented by Sanjay Patel, the Board secretary.
But why the chief executives?
Perhaps, Srinivasan wishes to discuss matters relating to the International Cricket Council (ICC).
That’s a strong possibility as Srinivasan is set to become the ICC’s first chairman, once its restructuring is finalised, next month.
A critical issue, however, is that Srinivasan is the Board’s nominee for the chairmanship by virtue of being its president.
When Srinivasan isn’t the Board president, how can he remain its nominee for the ICC chairman’s post?
Shivlal Yadav, the Board’s interim president (non-IPL), has to answer. It’s strange that the ICC, too, continues to remain silent.
Strangely, nobody seems embarrassed.
Worse, nobody is asking an obvious question: What moral authority will the ICC have to cleanse the sport, when its chairman-designate is himself the subject of a probe ordered by the Supreme Court of his country?
According to Verma, after the order was read out, the Board’s counsel (Radha Rangaswamy) pleaded that Srinivasan be allowed to attend the ICC meetings, but it was “verbally” refused.
Ms Rangaswamy, however, denied such a plea had been made.