Calcutta: The buzz is that Cricket Australia chairman Wally Edwards has telephoned Narayanswamy Srinivasan and actually talked about the “ethical issues” raised by Aditya Verma in a series of emails sent by him to the International Cricket Council.
Despite effectively suspended (by the Supreme Court) as the Board of Control for Cricket in India president, Srinivasan is intent on becoming the world body’s chairman at the annual conference, next month.
Earlier this year, before the apex court intervened, Srinivasan got the Board to nominate him as India’s man for the No.1 position.
On the regional front, Srinivasan continues as the Asian Cricket Council president. In fact, on Tuesday, he even chaired its finance committee meeting, in Chennai.
Srinivasan needs to be reminded that he got that position by virtue of being the Board president.
But, today, Srinivasan is not at the helm of the Board.
According to well-placed sources of The Telegraph, Edwards’s reported call has “upset” Srinivasan.
Srinivasan, it seems, is also not pleased over whispers that Giles Clarke, the England and Wales Cricket Board chairman, is probably mooting the idea of an “interim arrangement” in the world body, till the Supreme Court-appointed probe gets over.
After all, Srinivasan is among those being investigated by the Justice Mukul Mudgal panel which, in its first innings, had submitted a damning report more than three months ago.
Till late on Tuesday, the bit about Edwards and Clarke couldn’t be confirmed from sources willing to be identified.