Adelaide Test proves Srinivasan is not torn by conflict of interest!

Please note this is a humour article — work of pure fiction

N Srinivasan stands vindicated; all attempts by his army of critics to rail-road him for conflict of interest has proved futile.

The first Test between India and Australia at Adelaide got under way without a single Chennai Super Kings (CSK) player in the side; the first time since 2010 that this has happened. Proof enough that the strong man of Indian and international cricket is a fair, and does not meddle into the jurisdictions of professionals within the Board of Control for Cricket in India.

Srinivasan was on his way to Kapaleeshwarar Temple in Mylapore when this writer tried to get a reaction from him. For quite a while he kept walking as if I did not even exist. Finally, in desperation, I said, “Sir, I’m writing a positive article about you!”

That’s jolted Srinivasan. He stood stunned for a while before agreeing to talk to me.

I said, “Sir, I can wait till you offer your prayers.”

But Srinivasan said with a rare chuckle, “God won’t go anywhere; you may! I don’t want to miss the opportunity of getting positive press.”

“You know, Dhoni could well have played this Test. It was I who….”

“Sir, you interfered with the selection?” I interjected the big man.

“No, I was hoping you won’t play!” he said, rather unconvincingly.

Srinivasan added, “If I had to interfere, Dhoni would have played. He is lot fitter than Michael Clarke. But nobody accuses James Sutherland of using his clout to play Clarke when he did not look 100% fit. If I had to interfere, you think Karn Sharma would have played ahead of [Ravi] Ashwin? Think about it. In fact, after [Ravindra] Jadeja’s superb performance at home against Australia, most people would have expected him in the XI. Even Suresh Raina could have been so easily have been played in the eleven, ahead of Ajinkya Rahane or Rohit Sharma,” Srinivasan said on a triumphant note.

“Young man, I don’t write any of the garbage written by journalists. But you come across as an intelligent young man and I’m looking forward to reading your positive piece,” said Srinivasan as he made his way into the temple.

I could not help dreaming of multi-crore annual contracts and lucrative positions in the BCCI, India Cement or CSK!

(Shiamak Unwalla is a proud Whovian and all-round geek who also dabbles in cricket writing as a reporter with CricketCountry. His Twitter handle is @ShiamakUnwalla)