NEW DELHI: With all eyes on BCCI AGM, the big question being asked in cricket fraternity is whether its president in-exile N Srinivasan would get a year extension?
As per the rule, the BCCI boss can be re-elected after two years before completing his three-year term. Those who are with Srinivasan are oozing confidence that there won’t be any opposition in the September 29 AGM and that he can’t be blamed for the IPL spot-fixing mess.
Secondly, no one in the board dares to stand tall in front of Srinivasan, who is also the president of the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association.
In that case, Srinivasan wouldn’t have stepped aside from day-to-day working of the board and an interim chief in Jagmohan Dalmiya would have happened. “There is of course a reason to believe that Srinivasan has an anti-camp,” a top BCCI official said.
With BCCI rules clearly stating that two associations from South Zone are needed to propose and support a candidate who would oppose Srinivasan, some of his detractors, according to sources, are already on the job.
A ray of hope emerged on Sunday itself when two South Zone associations – Goa Cricket Association and Andhra Cricket Association – skipper Srinivasan’s meeting of all his zonal representatives in the BCCI. “It’s a clear indication that something is cooking,” an insider told TOI.
If these South Zone associations sign documents to file a contestant, an election in BCCI AGM is unavoidable. “Srinivasan is surely to going to sail through and there are a few associations who are against him, but they would pose serious threat to his position,” a senior functionary added.
Last year, under the aegis of Srinivasan, BCCI had amended the constitution – the Zone whose turn it is to elect the president, any two association from that Zone could propose and second a candidate.
A second amendment was also done, wherein the former presidents to contest for a second three-year term. Earlier, all office-bearers were allowed a maximum three-year term.