Dalmiya or Srini, song remains the same on DRS

It's due to India's protests that ICC has failed to implement DRS uniformly.

Mumbai, June 18 -- After much speculation, the cricket board will decide on Thursday who will represent BCCI at International Cricket Council's (ICC) annual conference to be held in London from June 25-29.

There has been much uncertainty since N Srinivasan, who stepped aside as BCCI president and made way for Jagmohan Dalmiya to take interim charge until the spot fixing probe against Chennai Super Kings and his son-in-law, Gurunath Meiyappan, is completed, insisted on attending the meeting at Lord's.

The main focus has been around the debate on the Decision Review System (DRS), which the Indian Board has refused to accept, insisting that it is not entirely accurate. There is a move to make the technology-heavy system mandatory.

Srinivasan has been India's face of protest whenever the ICC has tried to discuss the review system. And it's due to India's protests that ICC has failed to implement DRS uniformly.

Same stand

But by toeing Srinivasan's line on India's opposition to the DRS, Dalmiya indicated the BCCI's stance is unlikely to change. "DRS is a system whose technicality needs to be understood completely before jumping to conclusions. We don't know if it's foolproof," Dalmiya said.

While pro-Srinivasan officials feel he is best equipped to fight India's case, those against him in the board believe that Dalimya, a former BCCI and ICC president, is perfectly capable of handling the delicate issue.

Dalmiya, who heads the Bengal state unit (CAB), seemed to be gearing up to attend the ICC meet, after reportedly telling CAB members that he is likely to miss its events that clash with the ICC meeting. He didn't read much into IS Bindra's claims in his blog that he had not done justice by accepting the interim post, terming it an "illegitimate stop-gap arrangement". "I will go through the blog to see if I find anything positive. But if I find that he has repeated himself I would just call it rubbish," he said.

The ICC conference will start with the chief executives' meeting, followed by the sub-committees' conclave and board of directors meeting. The BCCI secretary normally attends the CEO's meet and the president attends the board of directors' meeting.

Srinivasan faces 'real' home test

Mumbai: With calls for his resignation as the cricket Board president over spot-fixing in the T20 league not having died down, N Srinivasan faces his first challenge since the scandal on home turf - his re-election as president of Tamil Nadu Cricket Association.

The TNCA AGM is scheduled on June 23 and Srinivasan will look to extend his grip on the body he has headed since 2002-03. He has stepped aside as BCCI president until internal inquiry into spot-fixing. It appears likely that he would be re-elected unopposed. TNCA's voting members include 32 district committees and over 150 affiliated clubs. A PIL filed against TNCA executive committee by a Chennai-based club also seems unlikely to impact.

"So far there is no opposition for any of the posts," a TNCA source said.

Published by HT Syndication with permission from Hindustan Times.


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