If Rajeev Shukla becomes the president, BCCI will have to name a new chairman for the IPL © IANS
If Rajeev Shukla becomes the president, BCCI will have to name a new chairman for the IPL © IANS

Rajeev Shukla is the stronger candidate for the position of the interim president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and not former chief Sharad Pawar. The new president is being chosen after the demise of veteran administrator Jagmohan Dalmiya, who passed away on Sunday at the age of 75. The BCCI is supposed to call a Special General Meeting (SGM) to take a call on the issue and the new president will need a proposer and seconder from the East Zone, whose turn it is to field the BCCI chief. It is believed that Finance Minister Arun Jaitley favours Shukla over Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) head Pawar. READ: Sharad Pawar, N Srinivasan to join hands to decide on future BCCI President?

According to Times of India, a close official of BCCI, said, “Pawar is making no efforts to push for presidency. Even now, he is visiting some rural areas of Maharashtra, when he should be lobbying for the position. Plus, he knows that Jaitley, who will have the final say on the matter, is much closer to Shukla than to him. So, unless people approach him to contest the election, he’s very unlikely to do so.”

He further added, “Basically, the ruling party [BJP] will have a major influence on this issue, which is why Jaitley holds the key. Shukla is an amiable, clean man, who is acceptable to all factions in the BCCI. He was interested in becoming the BCCI president even in the last election, but was left fighting for the vice-president’s post, which he lost.” READ: Sharad Pawar remembers Jagmohan Dalmiya

If Shukla, who is a Congress MP, becomes the president, the BCCI may have to name a new chairman for the Indian Premier League (IPL).