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N Srinivasan in Nagpur to meet Sharad Pawar?

Former BCCI president arrives by a special flight to meet MCA chief as race for Indian cricket board’s top post hots up after Jagmohan Dalmiya's demise

Nagpur: ICC President and Tamil Nadu Cricket Association chief N Srinivasan arrived here yesterday by a special flight to meet former BCCI president and Mumbai Cricket Association chief Sharad Pawar, who is currently on a tour to drought-hit Vidarbha.

N Srinivasan and Sharad Pawar
N Srinivasan and Sharad Pawar 

He has come reportedly to discuss the strategy for electing the new BCCI chief, sources from Vidharbha Cricket Association said. Pawar, who arrived here on September 21 after attending funeral of BCCI chief Jagmohan Dalmiya in Kolkata, will be in the city till September 25. Pawar spent the day in Yavatmal and returned to city and has couple of engagements today.

Meanwhile, Srinivasan summoned his loyalists for an "informal gathering" in Bangalore today. It is learnt that around eight to nine units will be meeting the ICC chairman to discuss the roadmap ahead of the Special General Body meeting and shortlist a candidate who would replace Jagmohan Dalmiya, who passed away last Sunday.

"Yes, I have been send feelers to be present in Bangalore. I will be going there to know what's there in store for future," a senior state unit member and Srinivasan loyalist said. There is a possibility that Amitabh Chaudhary, who has emerged as one of the presidential candidates from the East Zone will be in attendance along with majority of South units as well as some of the eastern units.

CAB stays away
The Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) will, however, not be present as the state unit officials have decided not to attend any formal or informal meeting till Dalmiya's condolence meet is over at the Eden Gardens on October 2.

Meanwhile, BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur has also started his back-channel talks with eastern units. It has been learnt that Thakur has called up members of few of the eastern unit factions to check what's in their mind as he is pitching for Rajeev Shukla's name for presidency.

Shukla non-committal
Interestingly, it must be recalled that Shukla and Jharkhand top boss Chaudhary fought the joint secretary's election during last AGM which the IPL chairman lost. Shukla, on his part, was non-committal about his chances of being the next president of BCCI.

"How can I say anything on this right now? I don't want to speak on it," Shukla told reporters at the AGM of Uttar Pradesh Cricket Association (UPCA) in Kanpur.

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