His empire may be crumbling, but N Srinivasan is adamant that he will remain the BCCI president. If sources are to be believed, he might even hand over the winner’s prize after the IPL final in Kolkata on Sunday.
Under usual circumstances, it wouldn’t have been surprising to see the BCCI chief presiding over the prize distribution function. But in the existing scenario, the sight of Srinivasan awarding the trophy to the winning captain may look odd.
“Going by the schedule chalked earlier, various office-bearers of the board will be present at the dais with Mr Srinivasan as the central figure. We have received no information to say that Mr Srinivasan will not be there or that he will not hand over the champion’s trophy,” said a source in the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB), which is hosting the final match.
There are sources who feel Srinivasan’s position within the board isn’t secure any more. The voices may not be loud yet, but members of the board have started talking about his removal.
There were discussions on this before and after a dinner hosted by the CAB in Kolkata on Saturday, during which most members of the board were present.
“It’s just that things have not crystalised formally. Otherwise, some members have started lobbying against Srinivasan, saying that a man with his image tarnished must not rule the board,” said a former office-bearer.
“There are a few things which have not been well received. One is the arrest of Srinivasan’s son-in-law and second is the picture of (M S Dhoni’s wife) Sakshi with tainted actor Vindu Dara Singh. The members are saying that showing faith in Srinivasan will mean encouraging these things,” added the source, who is also a member of the board.
Another school of thought is of the opinion that it might be difficult to form a majority against Srinivasan now.