Goa Cricket Association call for re-election for BCCI presidential post

Cricket Association of Bengal also said that they are likely to rethink their stand on supporting N Srinivasan © PTI

Oct 5, 2013

Goa Cricket Association (GCA) vice-president Shekhar Salkar on Friday demanded a re-election for the Board of Control of Cricket in India’s (BCCI) president’s post under a ‘neutral observer’.

According to the Indian Express, Salkar said, “Hope [N] Srinivasan will be debarred from taking over as president and a clean election will be held under a neutral observer. I wish the Supreme Court takes a decision to bar those who are chargesheeted from working as office bearers in any sports organisation.”

However, GCA was one of the six associations from the South Zone to help the BCCI president get a year’s extension during the presidential elections.

Salkar however defended their move saying that they supported Srinivasan as he didn’t have anyone opposing him.

“We supported him because he was the only one who contested. The opposition group didn’t have a central figure to lead the charge, but now both Sharad Pawar and [Shashank] Manohar appear to be taking interest,” he said.

Meanwhile, even the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) voiced their dissent against N Srinivasan and said that they will have to rethink their stand on supporting him in case of a re-election.

Jagmohan Dalmiya had lobbied hard for the Indian Premier League’s (IPL) chairman’s  post, but instead the position was awarded to Ranjib Biswal.

“We have to seriously rethink our stand after this,” CAB secretary Biswarup Dey said. He further added, “There’s nothing permanent in sports and politics. Equations can change anytime,” when asked whether Dalmiya will ever back Pawar.