N Srinivasan in driver's seat for one more year

Written by Devendra Pandey | Chennai | Updated: Sep 30 2013, 15:46pm hrs
N SrinivasanNo surprises at the BCCI AGM as N Srinivasan gets his way, Ranjib Biswal named IPL chairman (PTI)
N Srinivasan will continue to be the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president for one more year. At the board's annual general meeting (AGM) held on his home turf on Sunday, Srinivasan was elected unopposed.

However, given a Supreme Court ruling related to a case that questioned his candidature, he won't be able to exercise his powers officially. Till the time Srinivasan gets a court clearance, secretary Sanjay Patel will look after the board's affairs.

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We haven't appointed an interim president as we will wait and see what happens in the Supreme Court. Not just Srinivasan, there was a consensus on the name of all office-bearers, Patel said.

But insiders insist that the BCCI isn't quite the happy and harmonious house it seems to be on the surface. It is learned that a small section within the board isn't too pleased with Srinivasan's re-election.

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This group consists of men who had questioned, somewhat mildly, Srinivasan's position in the BCCI after the Mumbai Police named his son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan in the IPL spot-fixing scandal. While the then secretary Sanjay Jagdale and treasurer Ajay Shirke resigned, others such as Niranjan Shah, Sudhir Dabir and Jyotiraditya Scindia were not too impressed with Srinivasan's stubbornness to hold on to the top job. As expected, all of these long-standing officials were kept away from important positions in various committees or the executive board.

Rich rewards for South

Meanwhile, Srinivasan rewarded the loyalists who stood by him. The South Zone, which proposed and seconded his name for the president on Sunday and didn't get swayed by any potential challenger, was richly compensated. Kerala Cricket Association's TC Mathew was appointed as chairman of the National Cricket Academy (NCA) while Ganga Raju of Andhra Cricket Association was named chairman of the powerful finance committee.

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The lengthy debate over the selection of IPL's chairman, a position vacated by Rajeev Shukla, also brought to the fore differences within the board. And finally, it was a compromise formula and not a consensus that resulted in Ranjib Biswal getting the high-profile position. Those at the meeting say that Srinivasan wanted Biswal to be the treasurer. However, Cricket Association of Bengal chief and Srinivasan's new ally Jagmohan Dalmiya and Jharkhand Cricket Association chief Amitabh Chaudhary were averse to the idea. Old East Zone cricket politics was the reason for this friction.

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Srinivasan tried to convince Dalmiya but the seasoned cricket administrator from Kolkata was unrelenting. Eventually, Haryana Cricket Association's Anirudh Chaudhary, son of Dalmiya's old friend and former president Ranbir Singh Mahendra, who till then was projected as a candidate for the IPL top post, emerged as the consensus candidate. In a balancing act, Srinivasan was to name Biswal as chairman of the IPL. Those in know say that Dalmiya once again advised Srinivasan against it but the president, this time, remained firm.

Williams replaces Pandit

In another interesting development, the AGM decided to remove Chandrakant Pandit as chairman of the junior selection committee. It is reliably learned that this happened after South and East Zone representatives complained to the president about Pandit's alleged bias in selection matters. He was replaced by former Baroda opener Connor Williams. The BCCI though continued with the senior selection committee headed by Sandeep Patil.

The officials

President: N Srinivasan

Secretary: Sanjay Patel

Joint secretary: Anurag Thakur

Treasurer: Anirudh Chaudhry

VPs: SP Bansal (North), Rajiv Shukla (Central), Shivlal Yadav (South), Ravi Savant (West), Chitrak Mitra (East)

IPL Governing Council: Ranjib Biswal (chairman), TC Mathew, Amitabh Choudhary, Chetan Desai, Nilay Dutta, Subir Ganguly, Ravi Shastri, GR Viswanath, Arindam Ganguly (special invitee), CK Khanna (special invitee), plus all the office-bearers of the BCCI and the finance committee chairman (G Ganga Raju)

Lucky manager at IPLs helm

Ranjib Biswal, who was named chairman of the IPL on Sunday, has been with the Indian team through some of their most memorable triumphs, including the 2011 World Cup win and the 2013 Champions Trophy in England. So much so that hes considered to be a lucky manager.

Biswal, chief of the Odisha Cricket Association, replaces Rajiv Shukla, who resigned at the end of his tenure.

Before the AGM, Jagmohan Dalmiyas name had been doing the rounds. But Dalmiyas age, 73, would have put him at a disadvantage for the demanding job. The 43-year-old Biswal was seen as better equipped to deal with the week-after-week city-hopping of the IPL.

Biswal, who played for Orissa as an all rounder from 1987 to 1997, scored five hundreds and took 153 wickets in 41 first class matches.