Shivlal Yadav, who could take over as Board of Control for Cricket in India chief has apprised current president N Srinivasan of the situation the Board could find itself in if he refuses to abide by the Supreme Court's recommendation to resign.
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Shivlal Yadav and N Srinivasan. (Pic/AFP)
According to sources, the former off-spinner, who is one of the five BCCI vice-presidents, told Srinivasan that a Supreme Court judge advised him that he must detach himself as BCCI chief while the spot fixing and betting probe is on and can return to the seat later since he has the Board members' support.
"We (Board members) are all concerned about the future of the establishment so please step down," Yadav is believed to have told Srinivasan yesterday.
Yadav also tipped himself to occupy Srinivasan's seat and ruled out any possibility of Cricket Association of Bengal chief Jagmohan Dalmiya being picked as stand-in president which he was for a brief period when the spot fixing scandal broke out last year.
No meeting with Srini?
At the time of going to press, there are no reports of prominent Board members meeting Srinivasan, but they may have communicated over the phone.
There are fears within the Board that if Srinivasan antagonises the Supreme Court, an order will be passed to run the Board through an interim committee which may not include seasoned cricket administrators.
This will mean that the current officials will lose their hold on the game which is otherwise run efficiently, the IPL scandal notwithstanding.
There is also the fear of the Supreme Court releasing the contents of the sealed envelope which has been handed over to them by the Mudgal probe committee.
The envelope contains names of some big cricket personalities but their involvement in the spot fixing scandal has not been proven yet.
On Tuesday, the Board's counsel was reportedly shown a gist of the contents from the sealed envelope.
So far the Board has ducked any interference because they are an autonomous private body which has not come under the Right to Information Act. But the biggest citadel of justice in the land can cause the most uncomfortable of situations for any organisation.
And the Board knows it better now than ever after what happened recently to their former sponsor — Sahara's Subrata Roy, who has been arrested after failing to appear for a court case.
It can be recalled that Sahara and BCCI fell out over non-payment of dues. "Everything revolves around Srinivasan. He doesn't know how to run a sports body like BCCI. A sports body chief shouldn't have such egoistic attitude," Roy told the media last year.
mid-day learns that while Srinivasan will step down, he will still enjoy the support of the Board members.
The BCCI lawyers will try and convince the Supreme Court that Srinivasan will not interfere with BCCI matters while the probe is on but should be allowed to return as president once it is completed.