The Supreme Courts decision to disallow N Srinivasan from taking charge as Indian cricket board chief even if he wins the elections,scheduled to be held on Sunday,till the hearing before the apex court is complete,is unlikely to stop him from seeking a third year in office.
The BCCI has decided to go ahead with its 84th Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Chennai on Sunday where Srinivasan is likely to be elected unopposed unless contenders emerge at the eleventh hour.
Of course we will go ahead with the AGM. It will be held as scheduled on Sunday, Srinivasan told The Indian Express.
Some important cricketing decisions are expected to be taken at the AGM. The post of the IPL commissioner has fallen vacant following Rajiv Shuklas resignation. The National Cricket Academy (NCA) doesnt have a director. The South Africa tour itinerary also has to be finalised. All these decisions are taken by the AGM (and not directly by the president). Cricket will always remain our top priority and we wont let anything affect the game, Srinivasan said.
BCCI treasurer Ravi Savant was also confident that the AGM would take place as per schedule. The next hearing is on Monday. So the BCCI is not very perturbed. We will go ahead with our AGM as per schedule and then will wait for the hearing next day, Savant said.
Jagmohan Dalmiya,whos looking after the BCCIs day-to-day affairs since June 2,when Srinivasan decided to step aside,doesnt have the signing authority. But according to one BCCI official,who didnt want to be named,The cricket board has been functioning this way for the last three months and now its a case of just a few more days. Nothing will change if status quo remains. The AGM will see the incumbent seek a years extension which hes allowed to.
Step in right direction
Cricket Association of Bihar secretary Aditya Verma,who moved Supreme Court to stop Srinivasan from seeking re-election as BCCI president said: My fight is not against the BCCI. I never wanted to stop the AGM. I wanted to restrain Srinivasan for the sake of Indian cricket. The Supreme Courts decision suggests that Ive move a step forward.