N Srinivasan, a former Chairman of the International Cricket Council and former President of the BCCI has called a meeting, which is possible to talk about the future course of action for the Indian cricket board in Bangalore on Saturday.
As per a source, Srinivasan still has significant clout in the Indian cricketing fraternity. The meeting is likely to be attended by a host of administrative Giants like Kasi Viswanathan, secretary of the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association and Karnataka State Cricket Association secretary Brijesh Patel.
Anurag Thakur and Ajay Shirke are expelled from their respective post as the BCCI president and secretary in January after the Supreme Court order. After this, a section of the cricket board maintains that the game is not over yet.
Interestingly, Srinivasan has a chance to once again become a key figure in the Indian cricket board to make a decision the way ahead.
A former BCCI office-bearer contended told to The Indian Express. “The administrators will take charge (after January 19) but to implement the Lodha reforms they will have to change the BCCI constitution, which requires a three-fourths majority. As things stand now, at least 17 state associations will still say ‘no’ to the changes. So I don’t know how the changes would be ushered in,”
The Supreme Court order says, “All the office bearers of BCCI and of its affiliated State Associations, who fail to meet the norms recommended by the Committee and accepted by this Court, shall forthwith demit and cease to hold office.”
According to the Lodha Committee recommendations accepted by the court, “A person shall be disqualified from being an Office Bearer if he or she: (a) Is not a citizen of India; (b) Has attained the age of 70 years; (c) Is declared to be insolvent, or of unsound mind; (d) Is a Minister or government servant; (e)Holds any office or post in a sports or athletic association or federation apart from cricket; (f) Has been an Office Bearer of the BCCI for a cumulative period of 9 years; (g) Has been charged by a Court of Law for having committed any criminal offence.”
Ashirwad Behera of the Orissa Cricket Association said, “Our organization structure is like this: president at the helm followed by 11 vice-presidents, four joint secretaries, and treasurer. All have become ineligible following the Supreme Court order. We are out and I don’t think there’s any need for formal resignation. We have called our SGM in the first week for February that will decide the way forward. As for the India-England ODI that we will be hosting, chairman of our organizing committee Debashish Samantaray is overseeing the arrangements,”
Niranjan Shah of the Saurashtra Cricket Association also stated, “There’s no need to resign. The court order makes us ineligible. So I’m already out,”
Kasi Viswanathan, the secretary of the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA) agreed that “I have already been a TNCA office-bearer for more than 10 years, which makes me ineligible,”
On Wednesday, the Cricket Association of Bengal had its office-bearers meeting throughout which the state association treasurer Biswarup Dey and UN Banerjee, the legal counsel of CAB allegedly ruined into an argument.
Though, Biswarup was reserved on the subject. Sourav Ganguly, the CAB president said on this matter, “We have called an AGM on January 9 to decide the date of the SGM. We have to implement it. There’s no other option,”