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N Srinivasan back in business!

Yesterday’s Board of Control for Cricket in India’s working committee meeting went along expected lines except for the odd question here and there among members.

N Srinivasan
N Srinivasan

N Srinivasan who stepped aside from the president’s seat after his son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan’s alleged nexus with bookies was reported, is expected to resume his presidential duties soon, according to sources.

Acting president Jagmohan Dalmiya put the ball in the Indian Premier League’s governing council’s court when asked about Srinivasan being given a clean chit (in the spot fixing scandal) which effectively will lead to his resumption.

Dalmiya said: “The final call will be taken in the IPL Governing Council meeting. The Governing Council will examine the report and accordingly take a decision.”

This will be viewed as strange in some quarters because the Governing Council is scarcely in a position to take such an important decision. After all, the IPL is just a tournament run by the BCCI. But in the meantime, the weird ways of Indian cricket roll on!

Dalmiya provided a broad hint with regards to Srinivasan coming back when he said that it is up to the Chennai man when it comes to deciding who will chair the working committee meeting on August 2 in New Delhi.

Jagmohan Dalmiya
Jagmohan Dalmiya

A Srinivasan supporter told MiD DAY that there is no way he would not be back, as the chief enjoys 20 votes. His only hurdle could be Sharad Pawar who is expected to contest the Mumbai Cricket Association president’s post later this year.

If Pawar becomes MCA chief, he will be part of BCCI again and could spell trouble for Srinivasan. Until then, Srinivasan seems unshakable.

Meanwhile, the two-member panel formed to probe the controversy surrounding Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals has found no evidence of any wrongdoing against Raj Kundra (co-owner of Rajasthan Royals) and India Cements, the owner of Chennai Super Kings.

Retired judges T Jayaram Chouta and R Balasubramanian constituted the panel. Rajiv Shukla, who resigned as IPL chairman on June 1 could well head the Twenty20 extravaganza again. “I have requested him to continue. I have not accepted Shukla’s resignation,” said Dalmiya.

The spot fixing probe headed by BCCI’s Anti-Corruption and Security Unit chief Ravi Sawani has yet to be completed as Ajit Chandila, one of the three accused players is still in police custody.

“We will wait for some time and then proceed accordingly. Sawani is on leave because of his son’s marriage,” said Dalmiya. 

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