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BCCI President Srinivasan Steps Down, Names Dalmiya To Interim Position
Published June 3, 2013
POWER VACUUM: In Sydney, Gideon Haigh opined "once again cricket is confronted with the implications of having become a plaything of India's commercial, political and media elites." For Srinivasan's presence remains a substantial one, "and its withdrawal, however temporarily, stands to leave a colossal power vacuum." Srinivasan's moods and motives "dominated" the Int'l Cricket Council. He "was able to block the governance reform urged there last year" by consultant and Former Chief Justice of England and Wales Lord Woolf by sniffing that he did not need the advice of an English lawyer. He "was free to foist a BCCI stooge on the ICC's cricket committee" in place of the Federation of Int'l Cricket Association's trenchant Tim May. But at least with Srinivasan ensconced, "everyone knew whose sanction was needed for any major initiative." The lines of patronage and influence "may now need reestablishing." Global administrators and Indian commentators alike "have been on tenterhooks, waiting to learn to whom they will need to suck up" (THE AUSTRALIAN, 6/3).