Former BCCI chief Shashank Manohar voiced his opposition to board president N Srinivasan and though he is not the first cricket administrator to have criticised the Tamil Nadu strongman, it appears that voices of dissent within the organisation are growing.
Speaking to Mumbai Mirror, Manohar said Srinivasan should have stepped down right after spot-fixing allegations cropped up against his son-in-law and CSK team principal Gurunath Meiyappan, considering the conflict of interest. “If you had the slightest of conscience, self-esteem and care for the board, you ought to have put in your papers the moment your son-in-law was arrested. You did nothing and as a result the board’s reputation has taken a hit,” Manohar was quoted as saying. “This board has been built over the years by very many people but its reputation has been damaged by this man (Srinivasan) in a span of four months.”
After Manohar’s outburst, others within the board, who had previously remained silent due to the lack of a credible alternative to Srinivasan, have begun to voice their dissent.
Goa Cricket Association (GCA) vice-president Shekhar Salkar has called for re-election (for the post of BCCI president) under a ‘neutral observer’. “Hope Srinivasan will be debarred from taking over as president and a clean election will be held under a neutral observer. I wish the Supreme Court takes a decision to bar those who are chargesheeted from working as office bearers in any sports organisation,” he told The Indian Express. The GCA was one of the six state associations from South Zone that helped Srinivasan get a year’s extension as BCCI president.
“We supported him because he was the only one who contested. The opposition group didn’t have a central figure to lead the charge, but now both Sharad Pawar and Manohar appear to be taking interest,” Salkar explained.
There are enough indications that Pawar might contest the Mumbai Cricket Association’s (MCA) presidential election on October 18. If he takes charge of the MCA he directly nominates himself to the BCCI working committee. “Do you think Srinivasan will continue to enjoy the same authority if Pawar gets into the working committee?”