Back home, the foremost court of the land might have barred him from running the BCCI, but on Thursday, N Srinivasan took over the reins of world cricket after he was confirmed as its first-ever chairman. The creation of the post and Srinivasan’s nomination for it had been among the major decisions tabled in the controversial “position paper” floated by India, England and Australia or the “big three” as part of their alleged take-over earlier this year.
Srinivasan’s appointment comes at a time where he was forced to step aside from the affairs of Indian cricket by the Supreme Court following an investigation into the IPL fixing scandal a couple of months earlier.
Incidentally, the 69-year-old veteran administrator has spent the last two days in the company of Cricket Australia’s Wally Edwards and England and Wales Cricket Board’s Giles Clarke, laying down the changing dynamics of the ICC’s functioning as well as its new financial policies to all the members present.
Meanwhile, Bangladesh’s Mustafa Kamal took over as ICC president, but will cede more control to the chairman on the basis of cricket’s new world order.
Not surprisingly, Srinivasan had to commence his latest assignment by defending himself against his detractors in his maiden press conference as the ICC chairman. As ever, he remained steadfast in his defence.
“I believe that some of the criticism is not fair to me and is not well-founded. Beyond that, all I can say is that over a long period of time I have been involved with cricket and its administration, and one must judge me by results,” he said.
In response to his name allegedly being one among the 13 in a sealed envelope that was presented to the Supreme Court by the Mudgal committee, Srinivasan reiterated for the umpteenth time that he was not guilty of any wrongdoing. “As far as I’m concerned, I have done nothing wrong. there is no wrongdoing on my part and therefore my conscience is very clear that there is no taint on me,” he said.
Srinivasan also didn’t agree with the many reports that suggest that the BCCI had threatened to break away from the ICC if their demands, right from the new finance model to the change of guard, weren’t met by the ICC’s full members.