The Supreme Court has barred N Srinivasan from contesting BCCI presidential elections © Getty Images
The Supreme Court has barred N Srinivasan from contesting BCCI presidential elections © Getty Images

New Delhi: Jan 22, 2015

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) top brass today remained tightlipped about the Board’s future course of action after the Supreme Court’s barred its sidelined President N Srinivasan from contesting any election on grounds of conflict of interest.

Srinivasan’s company India Cements owns Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Chennai Super Kings and the Tamil Nadu strongman might now have to relinquish his stake and ownership in the Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led popular franchise if he wants to retain his position of power as the president of BCCI.

While Srinivasan refused to speak to waiting media-persons outside his house in Chennai, the other top BCCI officials also didn’t make any comments on the Supreme Court’s verdict. However, the BCCI officials were quick to point out that “it will entirely be Srinivasan’s call on his future” as he will have to choose between BCCI and his franchise.

“Srinivasan will certainly discuss with his legal team and take a call. The SC has given its verdict and obviously there are a lot of implications involved with any decision that is taken right now. There are underlying layers in the judgement and one needs to study it thoroughly and come to a conclusion. But I can assure you the majority of BCCI is still with Srinivasan,” a senior office-bearer and Srinivasan loyalist told PTI on conditions of anonymity.

A key official of the East Zone unit interacted with Srinivasan’s closest aide Kashi Viswanathan and felt that the ICC chairman is not yet ready to throw in the towel.

“There is a feeling in the Srinivasan camp that the SC has laid its terms and conditions but it’s not that he can’t contest even if he relinquishes his ownership. But yes, one can’t just jump to any conclusion. We will be keeping a close watch on the proceedings. In case Srinivasan doesn’t contest, majority of the eastern units will then prop up Jagmohan Dalmiya as their presidential candidate,” the official said.

Another top BCCI official felt that Srinivasan could have avoided the situation had he allowed Jagmohan Dalmiya to contest or become full-time president till the legal proceedings were on.