Verma claims end is near for BCCI boss

Cricket Association of Bihar secretary Aditya Verma feels that truth will prevail and Srinivasan’s dictatorship is set to end.

New Delhi: The BCCI’s annual general meeting might be just four days away, but Cricket Association of Bihar (CAB) secretary Aditya Verma is sure the end is near for N Srinivasan. Even as Srinivasan is leaving no stone unturned to ensure he gets the chair for the third year of his three-year term at the AGM in Chennai on Sunday, Verma feels that truth will prevail and Srinivasan’s dictatorship is set to end.

Verma — who had prayed to the Supreme Court to restrain Srinivasan from being part of Sunday’s AGM in Chennai — got a further boost when the apex court announced on Tuesday that it will hear the plea on Friday.

Speaking to Mail Today, Verma said he is happy his plea was accepted by the SC and is confident that Srinivasan will face his fate come Friday, even though he is a tad disappointed that his request to the BCCI members to reject Srinivasan’s candidature for the post of president fell on deaf ears.

“Srinivasan’s end is near. We were constantly trying to get the case to be heard ahead of the AGM, and I am glad that our plea was accepted. To be honest, I was fighting for nothing but the truth, so there was no question of losing hope. Now that the SC has agreed to hear our case on Friday, the writing is on the wall for him,” Verma said.

When asked why someone like Srinivasan — who allegedly operates like a dictator — met no opposition so far as president of the BCCI, Verma said: “Well, he has cleverly used the money at his disposal to get away with whatever he has wanted to do. But that will not happen anymore and his dictatorship has to end."

“You can’t just wield your money power to silence each and every one and get away with it. As president of the BCCI, you are not only answerable to the members of the Board, but also the citizens of the country as cricket is a religion here. Truth has to prevail and it will.”

Verma had a Plan B ready if the court had said no. “You think he would have attended the meeting and got away? If the SC hadn’t given us a date before the AGM, we would have filed cases of forgery and contempt of court on Srinivasan post September 29. There is no getting away for him from here on,” said Verma, whose association isn’t recognised by the BCCI.

Verma says he doesn’t have any agenda and his only interest is that BCCI is run as transparently as it was before Srinivasan’s appointment as president.

“If I am fighting, it is not because I want any position or power. I am no politician. I was a cricketer and my heart bleeds to see such blatant misuse of power at the helm. What surprised me most was that even though the lawenforcers were still working on the fixing issue and hadn’t filed the charge-sheet till last week, the two eminent retired judges — appointed by the BCCI — seemed to have a magic wand that helped them solve the mess in a matter of days,” he said.

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