Chennai: Sep 29, 2013
Defying intense criticism, N Srinivasan was elected unopposed as Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) President for a third year during the Board’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Chennai on Sunday even though he will not take charge till further orders from the Supreme Court.
Srinivasan was the lone Presidential candidate put forward by the South Zone, from where he got the proposer and the seconder.
But he can resume his duties only after the Supreme Court gives its final verdict on the case filed against his candidature by the Cricket Association of Bihar secretary Aditya Verma.
Srinivasan’s election was on expected lines despite the fact that he is facing intense criticism on the issue of propriety after his son-in-law and Chennai Super Kings Team Principal Gurunath Meiyappan was charge-sheeted in the Indian Premier League (IPL) betting and spot-fixing scandal.
Srinivasan’s company India Cements owns Chennai Super Kings.
During the first half of the AGM, other top office-bearers were also elected unopposed.
After Sudhir Dabir, vice President from the central zone and his west zone colleague Niranjan Shah were removed from their positions, Ravi Savant (West) and Rajeev Shukla (Central) were brought in.
Another political heavyweight, Arun Jaitley, relinquished the vice-President’s position due to his political commitments and was replaced by his Delhi and Districts Cricket Association (DDCA) colleague Sneh Bansal.
While Dabir is considered close to former BCCI chief and Srinivasan’s adversary Shashank Manohar, Shah is perceived to be a confidante of another former Board head Sharad Pawar, someone who harboured the ambition to upset Srinivasan’s applecart.
Haryana Cricket Association chief Anirudh Chaudhary was elected as Treasurer, a post which was to become vacant after Savant was formally made vice-President.