Calcutta: Narayanswamy Srinivasan’s official ‘status’ in the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) should become clear on September 1, when the Supreme Court resumes hearing on the civil appeal filed by the Bihar Cricket Association.
It’s expected that Justices Tirath Singh Thakur and Fakkir Mohammed Ibrahim Kalifulla would hold court.
Petitioner Aditya Verma is, of course, keeping fingers crossed.
September 1 is also when the Supreme Court-appointed Justice Mukul Mudgal panel will either submit an interim report or seek an extension to complete its inquiry into 13 individuals, including Srinivasan.
Despite being effectively suspended (by the Supreme Court) as the BCCI president, Srinivasan has taken over as the International Cricket Council chairman and remains the most powerful man in the sport.
It’s worth noting that Srinivasan was “reconfirmed” as the BCCI’s nominee by two individuals — Shivlal Yadav, the interim president (non-IPL) and secretary Sanjay Patel.
Patel is a Srinivasan loyalist; Yadav won’t do anything to displease him. Need one add anything?
The Justice Mudgal panel meets on August 27-28 to “review” the progress in investigations and to decide whether it would be necessary, at a future date, to grill some of the India cricketers currently in England.
Both the Chennai Super Kings and the Rajasthan Royals, the two IPL franchises under the scanner, have a strong representation in the India squad.
The Justice Mudgal panel’s internal “review” was to have been done by August 15-16, but it wasn’t possible.
According to the May 16 order of Justices Ananga Kumar Patnaik (since retired) and Kalifulla, the Justice Mudgal panel is supposed to submit its report by the end of August after investigations, being overseen by a senior IPS officer, Bibhuti Bhushan Mishra.
Justice Mukul Mudgal
Going by convention, the BCCI’s AGM is held by September 30, but Srinivasan’s men may push for a postponement if the Justice Mudgal panel seeks and is granted an extension.
The legal position vis-a-vis seeking a postponement couldn’t be confirmed. However, the issue is: Should one man’s agenda continue to determine how an institution is to be run?
Peculiarly, the BCCI is registered under the Tamil Nadu Societies’ Act.
Srinivasan’s three-year term ends next month, but he’s desperate on continuing for another three years. This time, he will have to be proposed and seconded by affiliates from the East (not South Zone), though.
That won’t be a headache as Ranjib Biswal’s Odisha Cricket Association and Amitabh Choudhary’s Jharkhand State Cricket Association are absolutely firmly with Srinivasan.
Certainly as of now.
However, it’s not that there aren’t men with ambition — either from East itself or from outside who harbour hopes of being proposed and seconded from the Zone.
For good reasons, they’re staying quiet.
“Don’t expect anybody to say or do anything till after September 1... Let’s see what the Supreme Court orders... You can’t try guessing how it could proceed,” a well-placed source told The Telegraph on Saturday.
Shockingly, the BCCI hasn’t had a regular working committee meeting after February 28, yet nobody has said a word.
There are procedures with regard to the accounts and the secretary’s report, but nothing has been initiated keeping the AGM in mind.
Officially the president or not, it’s Srinivasan’s raj.