It appears N Srinivasan can’t wait to get back to his Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president’s seat.
For the second time in two months, the controversial cricket personality sought relief from the Supreme Court to resume his duties as BCCI chief.
The emphatic nature of the pleas — both of whom were rejected — may reflect the kind of desperation there is to call the shots in Indian cricket. Batting icon Sunil Gavaskar and the BCCI vice-president Shivlal Yadav have done nothing to indicate that the BCCI is suffering in the hands of its caretakers.
The Indian Premier League (IPL) has been conducted smoothly and there has been a fair and refreshing level of transparency. Sure, this could be put down to the BCCI realising that they need to improve their image with the media, but it is welcome all the same. Just yesterday, BCCI-IPL interim president Gavaskar revealed to the media that “a couple of” cricketers were approached by the bookies during IPL-7 and this has been reported to the Anti-Corruption Unit officials.
It is understandable that Srinivasan wants to return as soon as possible. After all, no one likes being asked to step down. His credibility has been chipped at and his bête noire Aditya Verma of the unrecognised Cricket Association of Bihar is bent on stealing a march in this case.
No matter what the media portrays him to be, Srinivasan is known to be an efficient BCCI chief, who is not the first and last cricket administrator to be ambitious. But he would do well to wait for the probe to be completed to resume office. Would a player who is under investigation be allowed to play until the investigation is completed?
Srinivasan, as per media reports, contends his “unceremonious exclusion is too drastic a step and extremely harsh”.
Cricket can be a cruel game, but if one is determined to play on just as Srinivasan is, there’s always another match to prove your detractors wrong.
The line, ‘let justice take its course’ seems to hold true here.