Srinivasan eyes extension, wants to chair AGM

West Indies, New Zealand, England series approved; zonal academies proposed.

N. Srinivasan

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) will hold its Annual General Meeting (AGM) September 29 in Chennai. The BCCI vice-president Rajiv Shukla made this announcement to media persons after Sunday's working committee meeting of the board in Kolkata.

Shukla said board president N. Srinivasan presided when issues like signing of the annual report and accounts and other technical issues came up while interim chief Jagmohan Dalmiya presided over rest of the meeting.

"Dalmiya will also continue to look after the day-to-day affairs of the board till September 29,” added Shukla.

Cricinfo reported that Srinivasan had one-on-one meetings with nearly all the committee members in a bid to stake a claim for a one-year extension as the BCCI president. Srinivasan also declared on Sunday that he will chair the AGM. “I will chair the Annual General Meeting,” Srinivasan told reporters while leaving the hotel that hosted Sunday's meeting.

Srinivasan has been under fire from many quarters, chiefly for a slump in Indian cricket, corruption in the IPL and his own son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan being arrested for cricket betting. But he continues to defy suggestions that he is in trouble.

“I was always relieved. I really don’t understand what the problem is. Did I do anything wrong? Was there any accusation or any case against me?” Srinivasan said today.

As a spot-fixing scandal threatened to swallow Indian cricket whole this summer, Srinivasan refused to resign from his multiple administrative posts. He later "stepped aside" to let former president and a political foe Jagmohan Dalmiya to run the board for the duration of the probe into the corruption scandal.

It was also decided at today's meeting that the disciplinary committee would consider the observations made by Ravi Sawani about the spot-fixing scandal. The media statement didn't say when this would happen.

DECLARATION OF GIFTS

The BCCI during the working committee meeting have also announced steps to curb corruption during the upcoming Champions League T20. In their media statement, the BCCI said:

  1. An Anti-Corruption official along with a dedicated security official would be appointed for each team.
  2. The movement around the dugout and match officials area would be restricted and a strict code of conduct would be enforced.
  3. The Players / Support Staff / Match officials shall not accept any gifts during the course of the tournament. They should disclose the value of the Gifts that they have received 15 days prior to the commencement of the tournament and also the person from whom they received the gift.
  4. The players and support staff will have to declare and disclose the mobile numbers being used by them and all calls coming through the hotel exchange will have to be cleared by the team manager.
  5. The Anti-Corruption Unit will seek the help of the local police authorities wherever required.

Fixtures approved at the meeting:

  1. A proposed home series against the West Indies In November.
  2. A tour of New Zealand in Jan/Feb 2014 of 2 Tests and 5 ODIs.
  3. A tour of England for 5 Tests, 5 ODIs, 1 T20 in Jul/Sept 2014.

NCA recommendations

It was also agreed in principle to enter into an agreement with the Chennai-based MRF Pace Foundation for the grooming of young cricketers. A new cricketing facility at Alur constructed by the Anil Kumble-led Karnataka State Cricket Association would be used by the NCA. The BCCI has also agreed to set up zonal academies in the five zones and a dedicated academy for the North Eastern States in Guwahati.

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