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Big lateral movement within BCCI corridors

New Delhi: Hectic parleys and backroom manoeuvring continued among BCCI bigwigs but there was still no breakthrough in the leadership logjam to find a consensus candidate for the President’s post left vacant by the demise of Jagmohan Dalmiya.

The late night meeting in Nagpur on Wednesday between two former BCCI chiefs and known foes N Srinivasan and Sharad Pawar has added a new dimension to the succession battle.

It is learnt that two have come together to cobble up the numbers even as the BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur’s faction tried to muster support for their Presidential candidate Rajeev Shukla.

According to top sources, Srinivasan is believed to have expressed his support to Pawar or his nominee. In return, the Chennai man wants his tenure as ICC Chairman to continue unhindered.

Srinivasan is apprehensive that if the Thakur group retains control of the Board, they may nominate a new ICC Chairman from India in his place.

Srinivasan had called a meeting of his loyalists in Bangalore on Thursday to gauge his strength. While five of the six East Zone members had skipped the meeting, only Odisha Cricket Association attended the meeting although their secretary Asirbad Behera, who is the voter, chose to stay back. 

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