N Srinivasan (left) and Sharad Pawar © Getty Images
N Srinivasan (left) and Sharad Pawar © Getty Images

The newly-formed friendship between N Srinivasan — who was asked by the Supreme Court to step down as the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president following IPL 2013 spot-fixing and betting scandal — and Sharad Pawar could play a major role in electing a new president of the Indian cricket board. The demise of Jagmohan Dalmiya, who had replaced Srinivasan as the president unanimously earlier this year, has saddened the cricket fraternity, but there also are questions as to who will take over as the BCCI president. Dalmiya, who is considered as the architect for making Indian cricket a powerhouse, passed away Sunday night in Kolkata after being admitted in a hospital following a heart attack. ALSO READ: MS Dhoni pays homage to Jagmohan Dalmiya

According to DNA, the friendship between Srinivasan and Pawar may play a very strong role in the appointment of the next president of the Indian cricket board. The BCCI constitution says that if the president’s post is vacated mid-tenure, “the secretary shall, within 15 days, convene a Special General Body meeting to elect the president who shall by nominated by at least one full member from the zone which proposed the president whose term was cut short prematurely”. ALSO READ: Virat Kohli condoles Jagmohan Dalmiya’s demise

The report added that since Dalmiya was from the East Zone, “it is their turn to nominate the president until 2016-17. Anybody who wants to become the BCCI president will have to get a proposer from either Bengal, Odisha, Jharkhand, Assam, Tripura or National Cricket Club”.