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Srini set to chair meet

Calcutta: Narayanswamy Srinivasan, the effectively suspended Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president, is all set to chair a meeting of the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) in Chennai on Monday.

While little information is available on the meeting, it was learnt that this was not an executive body meeting of the ACC, but a meeting of its finance and marketing wing.

It was reported in The Telegraph on May 17, that despite his present position in the BCCI, Srinivasan continued to head the ACC and according to well-placed sources in the BCCI, Srinivasan had “instructed” the ACC to call a meeting of its finance committee, in Chennai, on May 26-27 (Monday-Tuesday).

It was also reported that being the president, Srinivasan gets to chair the finance committee. The notice for the meeting was sent out from Kuala Lumpur, where the ACC is headquartered, and 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.

On Sunday, it was learnt that the meeting will be attended by ACC’s chief executive officer Syed Ashraful Haque.

The other members who are expected to attend the meeting are the acting CEO of Bangaldesh Cricket Board Nizamuddin Chowdhury and finance committee chairman Afzalur Rahaman Sinha, Raju Babu Shrestha from the Cricket Association of Nepal, Nuski Mohammed (Sri Lanka Cricket) and Badar Mohammed Khan (Pakistan Cricket Board).

The convenor will be Thusith Perera, the finance manager of the ACC.

While the Supreme Court order has ensured that Srinivasan cannot function as the BCCI chief now, there has been no specific observations about his role in the ACC or the International Cricket Council (ICC).

Srinivasan is all set to become the chairman of the ICC's executive board next month.

The Supreme Court on Thursday had declined to reinstate Srinivasan and pulled him up for seeking a modification of the previous order passed in the IPL corruption case. Srinivasan had sought modification of the order passed by a bench of Justices A K Patnaik and FMI Kalifulla.