Board split wide open on attitude

Some members unhappy with Srinivasan’s ways but unwilling to criticise openly.

New Delhi: He might have had the last laugh when it came to deciding who would chair Friday’s Working Committee meeting, but there is no denying the fact that BCCI president N Srinivasan has managed to split the Board wide open.

Even though there is hardly any Board member — apart from Punjab Cricket Association president IS Bindra — who is willing to openly criticise the chief, the divide is evident and the number of people unhappy with Srinivasan’s shameless attitude is on the rise each day.

Speaking to Mail Today, a senior BCCI official said the least Srinivasan could have done was to wait for the Working Committee to decide on the fate of the probe commission’s report.

“I don’t see any reason why Srinivasan couldn’t stay away from the hot seat for a while longer. The Working Committee is anyway going to decide on Friday whether or not it will follow the Bombay High Court’s ruling or challenge it in the Supreme Court. Returning after Friday would have been more sensible,” he said.

But one of Srinivasan’s loyalists felt that it was only apt he returns to the helm of affairs now that the probe commission had submitted its report.

“While the Bombay High Court said the constitution of the probe committee is illegal, no fingers have been pointed personally on Srinivasan. He had stepped aside on moral grounds till the probe is over. Now that it is over, there is no reason why he shouldn’t take over the reins from interim chief Jagmohan Dalmiya,” he told Mail Today.

While no member has openly criticised Srinivasan and his ways, there are at least eight members of the Working Committee that don’t support Srinivasan’s brazen ways which have put the BCCI in bad light.

It will be interesting to see if the stalwarts of the BCCI — the likes of Dalmiya, Bindra and Niranjan Shah among others — unite for the benefit of the Board and put their foot down, asking Srinivasan to mend his ways. Some members unhappy with Srinivasan’s ways but unwilling to criticise openly.

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