The BCCI working committee will meet in Kolkata on September 1. The meeting assumes significance with the Supreme Court going to hear the cricket board’s plea, challenging the Bombay High Court’s ruling, on August 29.
The Bombay High Court’s verdict declared the BCCI-instituted two-member probe commission, set up to inquire into the IPL betting and spot-fixing, “illegal” and “unconstitutional”.
“This is going to be an emergent working committee meeting. We have to decide our future course of action. Also, we have to fix the date of our Annual General Meeting (AGM),” BCCI treasurer Ravi Savant told The Indian Express.
Interestingly, this is going to be the last working committee meeting before the AGM unless circumstances force the annual meeting to be deferred. The BCCI constitution does have the provision of postponing the AGM.
It was deferred by 22 days in 2004, when Jagmohan Dalmiya was the Board president and Sharad Pawar had challenged Ranbir Singh Mahendra for the hot seat. Mahendra eventually defeated Pawar on Dalmiya’s casting vote but the Maratha strongman came back with a bang the next year, decimating Dalmiya’s faction at the AGM held in Kolkata.
Dalmiya is now the Board’s interim head after N Srinivasan decided to step aside following his son-in-law and Chennai Super Kings official Gurunath Meiyappan’s arrest for his alleged involvement in cricket betting. Srinivasan, however, attended the IPL governing council meeting in Delhi on August 2.
He was also supposed to attend the working committee meeting but the meeting had to adjourned on a technicality as secretary Sanjay Patel didn’t mention the word “emergent” in his notification.
Asked if Srinivasan would be attending the Sunday’s meeting, a top BCCI official remained non-committal. “What I know is that this is going to be a very important meeting. An emergent meeting can be called on three days’ notice and today the notification has been issued. We have to discuss the NCA matters. The NCA committee has put forward a recommendation about setting up the zonal academies again. Also, we have to appoint a new NCA director, though it is unlikely that we will do that on Sunday,