lmost a year after he was replaced as the ICC chairman, talks are gaining momentum that TNCA president N Srinivasan could return to the sport’s governing body. Though it could not be confirmed, it has emerged that the former BCCI boss remains one of the frontrunners to be named as the board’s representative on the ICC’s board of directors.
It was learnt that the nomination of Srinivasan is being backed by current BCCI president Anurag Thakur and secretary Ajay Shirke – who is likely to be re-elected for the post during the 87th AGM in Mumbai on Wednesday. The BCCI top brass had visited Srinivasan earlier this month and the meeting has turned out to be a game-changer. In the last few weeks, Thakur and ICC chairman Shashank Manohar have not been on the same page.
What will also dominate the AGM are the twin problems of dealing with the Supreme Court-appointed Lodha Committee and the International Cricket Council (ICC), specifically its chairman Shashank Manohar.
With president Thakur and Shirke and other key officials of the board slated to attend the celebratory dinner on the occasion of India’s landmark 500th Test in Kanpur on Wednesday night, the annual meeting, which will begin at 11 am, may not last too long. Getting to Kanpur from Mumbai isn’t very easy and hence most members would like the meeting to be short.
Over the last few days, top board officials have spared no words in criticising Manohar, with Thakur even saying that “he (Manohar) abandoned a sinking ship for his ICC aspirations”. The grudge against the former BCCI chief is he hasn’t helped his previous organisation in tackling the Lodha crisis, and is denying India its due in the ICC revenues by killing the ‘Big Three’ formula.
There are reports that ex-ICC and board chief, and current Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) president, Sharad Pawar, who hosted a pre-AGM dinner for all the members on Tuesday, may be asked to persuade the Vidarbha strongman to be more ‘cooperative’ with the board.
At the AGM, the BCCI is set to elect its representatives for the ICC meetings, who are likely to be Thakur and Shirke.