So can N Srinivasan claw his way back into the International Cricket Council (ICC)? An answer to that question will be known when the Supreme Court takes up a petition that prays for a Special General Meeting (SGM) on the International Cricket Council (ICC) affairs. It is coming up for hearing on March 20.
Srinivasan has kept his options open. Technically he can file the nomination for the chairman’s post whenever the election process is announced (because it is an independent position and the nomination does not need any board’s endorsement) but he is clear that he won’t take it up without the backing of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).
Says a source from Chennai, “Without the BCCI support, the chairman’s post is like power without current. So he would try to be the unanimous choice of the BCCI.”
The members – whoever are qualified – are more or less unanimous that Srinivasan should be the BCCI representative to the ICC and the next chairman also but what about the Committee of Administrators (COA) is the question. The chairman’s election is expected to be complete by July and there are no signs of the COA finishing its Supreme Court assignment in the BCCI within four months. Srinivasan will have to take the COA on board that is distinctly unlikely.
Besides, the Wednesday’s development may have upset the members’ plans. Shashank Manohar’s resignation is being seen as something forced by the administrators who apparently put their foot down on the ICC reforms and the COA’s argument in the court now will be that they are as serious about the BCCI’s revenue share as any member.
They will argue in the court on March 20 that the SGM is not needed at this stage.
“There is no need for an SGM now because the COA has taken care of it. They have forced Manohar to step down,” says source in the BCCI even as a qualified member counters the point saying, “Has the COA become greedy? Why should anyone decide the future of the BCCI?”
The ICC, meanwhile, is expected to announce the interim chairman for which Giles Clarke of England and David Peever of Australia are contenders. The announcement is expected in a week’s time.
Courtesy: The Indian Express