There was a surprise in store for the Indian cricket board (BCCI) members last week when N Srinivasan, the board president-in-exile, walked in to attend the working committee meeting.
Srinivasan has been barred from participating in any BCCI-related activities till the Justice Mudgal committee gives him a clean chit in the IPL spot-fixing scandal. He, however, decided to lead the show from the front. His associates promptly made it clear that nothing could stop Srinivasan from attending the meeting as Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA) president. “He could have attended the BCCI meetings earlier also. It was his choice that he didn’t, he felt it was time to take matters into his own hands,” a BCCI member said supporting Srinivasan’s decision.
BCCI members felicitated him for becoming the International Cricket Council (ICC) chairman, presenting him with a bouquet. It was announced soon after that the annual general meeting (AGM) will take place on Nov 20 in Chennai, exactly 50 days after Sept 30, the last date of holding the meeting as per the BCCI’s constitution. The decision was taken keeping the November 2 deadline given by the Supreme Court to the Mudgal panel to submit its report.
The members believe that “the report will clear Srinivasan of all charges” and the Nov 20 AGM will see the TN strongman assuming the president’s office for the second time in succession.