'You will find out on the 29th'

N Srinivasan is confident of remaining BCCI president amidst rumours of Shashank Manohar's return.

New Delhi: For the first time since his position became shaky post the IPL scandal, N. Srinivasan on Thursday confirmed he would indeed go for the third and final year of his term as BCCI president, even if that means he has to contest an election.

Srinivasan will be completing two years at the helm on September 29, and as per the BCCI constitution he can remain in the chair for another year. If there is no challenger, he can carry on. Even if there is one, he is free to contest.

“I am not disqualified; I am qualified and I am going to stand. It’s a fact,” Srinivasan told MAIL TODAY. Asked if he has the required numbers to govern for a third year, an extremely confident Srinivasan said: “It is an election. It’s a democracy. I will fight as I am eligible to contest and I will contest. [You’ll] find out on the 29th at the annual general body meeting]. That’s all I can say at the moment.” In normal circumstances, that till May 15, Srinivasan would have sailed through without even an iota of doubt. But the next day, the IPL betting and spot-fixing scandal was busted and all hell broke loose.

Srinivasan’s position weakened as soon after that his son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan was arrested by the Bombay Police on charges of betting, and he, on the advice of BCCI vice-president Arun Jaitley, stepped aside from day-to-day working.

Since then he has been part of only select BCCI meetings, like the marketing committee conclave he attended on Thursday in Mumbai.

Now, with questions having been raised over the constitution of the probe commission to inquire into the role of Meiyappan and others entities, Srinivasan could face some opposition at the AGM. So far the president (and other office-bearers) can remain in chair for two straight years, plus one more if he defeated the challenger.

This rule has been amended, and the new one, which entails straight three-year term, will come into effect from September next year.

Significantly, also from next year, all office-bearers (president, vice-presidents, secretary, joint secretary, and treasurer) can have a second term of three years. This means that if, for example, Srinivasan or Shashank Manohar, wants to contest again for a second term they are free do so.

Interestingly, Manohar’s name is already being floated around as a possible challenger to Srinivasan this month itself. It is reliably learnt that certain associations are mulling the idea of propping up Manohar as he looks the “most acceptable” candidate who could pose a challenge to his old friend.

However, Manohar, who was BCCI chief from 2008 to 2011, told MAIL TODAY on Monday that the picture was not what was been painted vis-à-vis the Nagpur-based lawyer.

Srinivasan, on his part, is confident of his prospects if he is forced to contest an election for a third term. His confidence emanates apparently from his support base: south zone, which has six of the 30 full member associations affiliated to the BCCI. Last week, Srinivasan called a meeting of all six associations, ostensibly to discuss the raging tax issues concerning the BCCI and its state associations. But tongues got wagging when the Goa Cricket Association (GCA) abstained.

On Thursday, GCA president Vinod Phadke put the record straight saying that his association supports Srinivasan.

“I had some work that day so I could not attend that meeting. But I went to Chennai three days before that meeting and met Mr Srinivasan. GCA is with him and, in fact, all south zone associations are united,” Phadke told MAIL TODAY. That would be music to Srinivasan’s ears, and maybe a caution to his possible opposition.

Srinivasan also confirmed that the special general body meeting, which has been called on September 25 to take up the special disciplinary committee’s report on suspended IPL chairman Lalit Modi, would take place as scheduled.

“Yes, it will be held on the 25th,” Srinivasan said.

Reproduced from Mail Today. Copyright 2013. MTNPL. All rights reserved.



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