Shashank Manohar (left) is likely to become the next BCCI President with Anurag Thakur (centre), Sharad Pawar (right) and Sourav Ganguly backing him © AFP
Shashank Manohar (left) is likely to become the next BCCI President with Anurag Thakur (centre), Sharad Pawar (right) and Sourav Ganguly backing him © AFP

The Special General Meeting (SGM) of Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) will be held in Mumbai on October 4. Despite notices not being forwarded to state associations, BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur has reportedly notified the state associations over telephone. The notices for SGM will be sent out by BCCI in couple of days. Although, there is no confirmation on whether BCCI SGM will be held in Mumbai, sources close to BCCI have hinted the commercial capital to be the venue. “We have been told to report in Mumbai this weekend. We understand that the date of the meeting has not been finalised but it is likely to be on Sunday or next Monday,” a state association official was quoted as saying Mumbai MirrorShashank Manohar all set to become next BCCI President

The meeting will discuss and appoint a new BCCI President after the demise of Jagmohan Dalmiya. Earlier this week, it was reported that Shashank Manohar could once again become BCCI president with the ruling Thakur faction as well as Sharad Pawar group projecting him as the consensus candidate for the post left vacant by Dalmiya’s demise. The 57-year-old Vidarbha lawyer was the BCCI chief from 2008 to 2011 when N Srinivasan succeeded him. Known for his clean image and uncompromising attitude on the issue of corruption in sport, Manohar emerged as the only acceptable candidate for both Pawar and Thakur factions. Anurag Thakur, Shashank Manohar, Ajay Shirke meet Arun Jaitley to talk about BCCI

With the Thakur and Pawar faction coming together, Manohar has now assured himself of at least 15 votes out of the 29, the magic figure required to grab the hot seat. This also dashes Tamil Nadu strongman Srinivasan’s hopes of putting up his favoured candidate for the top job. Manohar, who has been a staunch critic of Srinivasan since the IPL spot-fixing scandal broke out, was completely against the rumoured alliance between Srinivasan and Pawar after the two former BCCI presidents met in Nagpur recently. BCCI still unsure on next BCCI President following Jagmohan Dalmiya’s death

Once Manohar openly voiced his displeasure about the rumoured alliance, Pawar had no option but to honour the sentiments of his faction as both Manohar and Shirke had time and again criticised Srinivasan’s ways of workings. Either Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) or National Cricket Club (NCC) – both controlled by former India captain Sourav Ganguly – is likely to propose Monahor’s candidature as this is the turn of East zone.