CHENNAI: The BCCI’s special general body meeting on Sunday was expected to throw up a name to represent the board in ICC meetings. Though the gathering was adjourned because many members ruled ‘disqualified’ by the Supreme Court turned up, former BCCI president N Srinivasan was more or less chosen for the role.
More on this will be known on Monday, when the apex court passes a judgement on the clarification sought by the committee of administrators (CoA) on whether ‘disqualified’ members can be chosen as representatives of state bodies for attending meetings.
There was no CoA representative at the meeting on Sunday and BCCI CEO Rahul Johri, who was supposed to attend, chose to stay away.
Though the lead-up to the meeting saw names like treasurer Anirudh Chaudhry and joint-secretary Amitabh Chowdhary considered as BCCI representatives, members at the meeting made clear who they prefer. “Most have settled for Srinivasan,” a well-placed source confirmed.
The former ICC chairman is disqualified by the Supreme Court on three fronts. He has completed nine years each in BCCI and the Tamil Nadu body and he is also above 70. However, the previous court order stipulating these said nothing about ICC representation. It is understood that with the order expected on Monday, members chose not to take a decision which might be overturned by the court. Other than Srinivasan, it is understood that former India captain Sourav Ganguly, who is head of Cricket Association of Bengal, is also lobbying for the position.
Though Srinivasan’s nomination was expected to face objections, those present in New Delhi told Express no one opposed his candidature. “This is not an individual’s moment of glory. The BCCI is in a tight spot in the ICC and we need Srinivasan at the helm because without any participation in the management committee, there is a strong possibility that we might lose out on revenue and fail to prevent changes to the constitution. It was he who introduced the new constitution. If he is there, the BCCI can put up a strong case,” an official said.
If Srinivasan goes to ICC, there is a strong possibility of him taking over as chairman as it is believed that Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, West Indies and Zimbabwe are ready to put forth his name.