With the Annual General Meeting of the BCCI barely a few days away, its self-exiled president N Srinivasan on Thursday maintained his defiant stance stated that he will seek re-election at the meeting to be held in Chennai on September 29.
Srinivasan, who has recused himself from day-to-day activities of the BCCI since July, because of court cases against him and his Indian Premier League franchise Chennai Super Kings, will finish his two-year term this month and has sought a year's extension at the AGM.
Srinivasan had said after the BCCI Working Committee Meeting on September 1 that would chair the AGM, while Cricinfo reported that he had one-on-one meetings with nearly all the committee members in a bid to stake a claim for a one-year extension.
As per the rule, Srinivasan can be re-elected after two years before completing his three-year term. Those who are with Srinivasan are oozing confidence that there won't be any opposition in the September 29 AGM and that he can't be blamed for the IPL spot-fixing mess, according to a Times of India report.
But, it won't be smooth sailing for Srinivasan, as evidenced by the fact that the Goa Cricket Association and Andhra Cricket Association, were both absent from a recent meeting of the BCCI affiliated units from southern part called by the president.
Recent reports also suggest that some members of the BCCI are keen that former president Shashank Manohar throws his hat in the ring to challenge Srinivasan.
Manohar’s return, however, is not an absolute certainty. What has been established is that his name is being talked about as a possible challenger to Srinivasan, a Mail Today report said. Some BCCI associations that are not happy with the way the BCCI’s name is being sullied all around following the IPL fixing scandal have propped up Manohar’s name.
Rapid developments related to the IPL scandal — largely in the domain of the courts and police — in the last few days have made tongues within the BCCI wag a little more. The reason is that these developments are either related to Srinivasan himself, his son-in-law or his company or India Cements.
This and other events, like the PIL by the Cricket Association of Bihar over the composition of the two-member probe commission that is being heard in Supreme Court, have forced some BCCI associations to rethink support to Srinivasan, who has one more year left in his three-year tenure, subject to a contest if a challenger emerges. And the most likely challenger could be Manohar.
The last date for filing nominations for elections is 11:30 am on September 28th while any withdrawal can happen on the floor of the meeting.
In order to contest a BCCI presidential election, an individual's name needs to be proposed by a state unit from a different zone and duly seconded by another unit of that particular zone.