N Srinivasan © PTI
N Srinivasan © PTI

New Delhi: Sep 14, 2014

Former board president Shashank Manohar ruled out contesting the impending elections against N Srinivasan and accused his successor of taking advantage of the amendment of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) constitution for seeking a third term in office.

Manohar said the board’s constitution was amended in 2012 to remove the cap on the number of terms in office of key office-bearers.

He added that all big guns supported it in the hope that they, too, could stage a comeback or someone like senior BJP politician and Union Minister Arun Jaitley, a former BCCI vice-president and ex-Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) chief, need not wait for his turn for over a decade.

Manohar, 56, also rubbished rumours that he has joined hands with suspended Indian Premier League (IPL) chairman Lalit Modi in the campaign against Srinivasan and would also oppose his re-entry into BCCI.

“When the constitution was amended in 2012 it was done specifically to facilitate Mr. Arun Jaitley (former BCCI vice-president) to become the BCCI president from East Zone. That time we had specifically done for Mr. Jaitley since he was the unanimous choice of the members. But now Srinivasan has used it to his own advantage,” Manohar said.

In 2012, the constitution was amended to facilitate an incumbent from a different zone to become the president if his name was proposed and seconded by the zone, whose turn it is to elect the Board president.

Manohar also said that the BCCI flouted its own constitution by postponing the AGM and the elections which were slated for Sep 30. Srinivasan was elected as the BCCI president Sep 29 last year.

“The BCCI had no right to flout its own constitution. According to Article 16(i) of BCCI Constitution the AGM must be held on or before Sep 30. The budget had to be approved in this AGM. There will be a crisis since the AGM has been postponed. In fact all committees will cease to exist and the selection committee has to announce the team for the West Indies series before Sep 30,” he said.

While some members feel that Manohar is the right person to take Srinivasan head on, the senior lawyer said he has made up his mind not to be a part of the BCCI ever since he stepped down in 2011 as the president.

“I have made a personal decision. I will not be contesting any BCCI elections in any capacity in my lifetime again. I have been a BCCI president and I had my time. But I am always ready to give any advice to the board whenever it needs,” Manohar said.

Manohar said he would love to see former BCCI presidents Jagmohan Dalmiya or Sharad Pawar challenge Srinavasan and clean up the act.

“There are plenty of people who are capable enough. Ideally I would want Mr. Jaitley to take over. But I don’t know whether he is in a position to take up the job. But Mr. Sharad Pawar and Mr. Jagmohan Dalmiya are capable to handle the top job since they have been BCCI presidents in the past as well,” he said.

Manohar added that he would be the first to oppose Modi’s re-entry into the Board.