One man will be conspicuous by his absence at the 82nd Annual General Meeting of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) scheduled at the Cricket Centre in Mumbai on Monday-Tuesday. Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi will give this meeting a skip owing to his fast in Ahmedabad.
Following the Supreme Court's verdict in a Gujarat riots case, which gave him some relief, Modi announced a fast in the state capital for three days calling it a 'Sadbhavna Mission' for peace, unity and harmony in the state.
Another top Bharatiya Janata Party leader who is also involved in the BCCI administration, Arun Jaitley, is likely to land on the day of the meeting after having taken part in the fast led by Modi. Though there was speculation whether Modi would be present at the meeting, it was made clear after Gujarat Cricket Association (GCA) sent vice-president Amit Shah's name as the representative for the AGM.
The BCCI has asked affiliates to send the names of their representatives by 5pm on September 17 (tomorrow). This has been done to avoid speculation about representatives of different affiliates.
Meanwhile, office-bearers of the all-powerful board has left it to president-elect N Srinivasan to decide on who will be the Chief Executive Officer of the board. If sources are to be believed, IPL CEO Sundar Raman has a bright chance to bag the post, given his proximity to the new president.