Srinivasan to take over as BCCI President on Monday

N Srinivasan would become the 30th President of BCCI and the second since the system of choosing the head one year in advance was introduced AFP

Mumbai: Sep 18, 2011

In a smooth transfer of power, N Srinivasan would take over the reins of BCCI from incumbent President Shashank Manohar at the Cricket Board’s 82nd Annual General Meeting on Monday.

Srinivasan, who was elected as the secretary of BCCI under Manohar in September 2008 and earlier was the treasurer of the Board under Sharad Pawar, got anointed as the next chief of the cash-rich body at the 81st AGM last September.

The Chennai-based businessman, who is also the President of the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association, would become the 30th President of BCCI and the second since the system of choosing the head one year in advance was introduced.

Srinivasan’s ascent to the BCCI throne has coincided with the slide in fortunes of the injury-ravaged Indian team which conquered the world by winning the coveted World Cup at the beginning of April before being whitewashed by England in the Test rubber to lose the world’s no.1 ranking.

The 0-3 defeat in the ODI rubber coupled with the Test series humiliation means the team went winless in the international engagements in all three formats which also included a one-off T20 game against the hosts.

The first priority for the new BCCI president would be to put the team back on track and the measures to do so are expected to be discussed at the AGM.

The general body would pass the annual accounts and report and constitute 23 different committees, including the Working Committee and the Senior Selection panel.

The election of various office bearers is another important part of the agenda of the meeting.

During Manohar’s tenure the Board was rocked by the Lalit Modi fracas that led to the brain behind the cash-rich Indian Premier League, started under Pawar’s reign, getting an unceremonious sack and being replaced by Chirayu Amin.

The Board started disciplinary proceedings against the former IPL boss and the process is still on for more than a year.

Srinivasan would have to steer the Board past the difficulties that cropped up when the IPL came under the scanner of various government tax and revenue authorities.

The IPL Governing Council is to be reconstituted by the general body which is expected to choose current vice-president from central zone and union minister Rajiv Shukla to be its new head following the decision of Amin to step down.

Another prominent agenda is appointment of new senior selection panel to replace the one currently headed by Krishnamachari Srikkanth.

While Srikkanth is likely to get an extension for one year, with Srinivasan at the helm of affairs, his 1983 World Cup teammate Yashpal Sharma is expected to be replaced after having completed four years as a national selector.

While there could be pressure on Maharashtra’s Surendra Bhave to make way for another former player from West Zone, East’s representative Raja Venkat and Central’s Narendra Hirwani are expected to retain their places, according to sources.(PTI)