Fresh challenge awaits Srini

Published: 29th July 2013 07:39 AM  |   Last Updated: 29th July 2013 07:46 AM   |  A+A-

BCCI-functionaries

Now that N Srinivasan is set to return to the BCCI president's chair, the question that starts doing the rounds is 'what next?'

The strong man of the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association has one year of his three-year term left. Under normal circumstances, he should have been able to serve out his term and keep the reins of Indian cricket in his hands for another year.

But there are indications that circumstances are not quite normal. In his two years as BCCI president, Srinivasan has made friends as well as enemies, who in their own quiet way have started plotting his downfall.

Things have come to such a point, that Srinivasan's detractors are planning to challenge him to fight elections in September's annual general meeting. If Srinivasan fails to generate enough support by that time, his innings in the BCCI will come to an end.

Not that Srinivasan doesn't have enough support within the board. Before becoming president, he has served the board as treasurer and secretary and such a long association with the board is bound to create a bank of loyalists for him.

The problem for Srinivasan is, the lobby out to oust him has a number of heavyweights in it. It has been learnt that ready to take him on in the election is a former BCCI president, who has the backing of another former president apart from a few others who have held important positions in the board.

Srinivasan himself is no mean candidate with his own band of loyalists, but the collective might of his rivals appears to be very strong, at least on paper. It's just a question of persuading that former BCCI president to fight elections. He appears to be reluctant at the moment, but has been told that he has to occupy the chair for just one year before someone else takes over.

So instead of enjoying the reprieve he has got on Sunday, Srinivasan has no choice but to get ready for another battle that he might have to fight in September.

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