Srinivasan may have to miss Sunday’s BCCI working panel meet

The balance sheet and other documents have to ratified at the meeting.



New Delhi:  BCCI president N. Srinivasan has made it clear to his Board colleagues that if Public Interest Litigations (PIL) continue to be filed, don’t expect him to further delay his return to the official fold.

But after Friday’s short proceedings in the Supreme Court in the Cricket Association of Bihar-BCCI and others case, it may just delay Srinivasan’s return, especially with a crucial Board working committee meeting slated for Sunday in Kolkata.

However, to be fair to Srinivasan, no one has directly accused him of being involved in the fixing scandal; only of being a close relative of one of the several accused.

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Srinivasan, who voluntarily stepped aside from the Board’s day-to-day work as his son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan was allegedly involved in the controversy, would be keen to attend Sunday’s meeting.

It’s not only the final time the working committee would meet before the AGM is held, before September 30, but it is also important as the balance sheet and other documents have to ratified by the house.

The BCCI chief would like to interact with his supporters and form strategy for the AGM at which elections for the posts of the BCCI secretary and treasurer would be held, besides other business.

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Present secretary Sanjay Patel and treasurer Ravi Savant are ad hoc appointments, made after Sanjay Jagdale and Ajay Shirke resigned following the IPL betting and spot-fixing controversy cropped up.

Another major concern that the BCCI has to tackle quickly is the tax burden it is carrying, after the authorities reopened old tax cases. The house would look up to Srinivasan for guidance, as he is the one who has virtually singlehandedly been deciding the strategy in almost all matters.

Also, the itinerary of India’s tour of South Africa from November-January has to be finalised.

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The involvement of Gurunath Meiyappan in the spot-fixing scandal emerged after the arrest of Bollywood actor Vindoo Dara Singh on 21 May 2013. Vindoo reportedly placed several bets on behalf of Gurunath. Police sources, however, say there is no evidence of spot-fixing against Gurunath, but only of heavy betting, which is illegal. less 
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Srinivasan would like to keep his flock together to avoid rival candidates suddenly rearing their heads at the AGM. He has already won over Savant, who has not been firmly on his side before he accepted to be the interim treasurer. He has one more year left in his three-year tenure.

After Friday’s proceedings in the Supreme Court, Patel said: “What we’ve gathered is that no one can and no one will in fact stop him from attending the meeting if he wishes to do so. He [Srinivasan] is well within his rights to attend the meeting but it will entirely be his call.”


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