Board Of Control For Cricket In India Re-Elects President Srinivasan To Third Term
Board of Control for Cricket in India President N. Srinivasan won a third term in office Sunday "even though a Supreme Court order bars him from taking charge immediately due to a corruption scandal," according to the AFP. The 68-year-old cement tycoon, "one of the most powerful men in world cricket, was elected unopposed for another year" at the annual meeting of the BCCI in Chennai. The Supreme Court had on Friday "barred Srinivasan from taking charge until it has ruled on a petition against him over a spot-fixing scandal in the Indian Premier League." A cricket body in the eastern state of Bihar which is not affiliated to the BCCI "had asked the court to prevent Srinivasan from heading the BCCI on moral grounds because his son-in-law had been charged in the scandal" (AFP, 9/29). IANS reported Srinivasan said that "he was not taking charge as per the directions of the Supreme Court." Srinivasan: "Leave me alone. ... I don't want to comment anything today. I have won unopposed but I am not taking charge. I have asked the new office bearers to take charge. I am awaiting the Supreme Court order. There are lot of things on me now" (IANS, 9/29).
DALMIYA LEFT OUT: The PTI reported former Int'l Cricket Council and BCCI President Jagmohan Dalmiya "has been left in the lurch." The veteran administrator "has been re-named as the chairman of the North East Development Committee considered to be one of the least active sub-committees." Cricket Association of Bengal joint secretaries Subir Ganguly and Sujan Mukherjee "were inducted into the all-powerful IPL governing council" and NCA sub-committees, respectively. Treasurer Biswarup Dey "has been elevated" from National Cricket Academy sub-committee to finance committee under Gokaraju Gangaraju of the Andhra Cricket Association. A senior BCCI official said, "Ideally, Mr. Dalmiya shouldn't have accepted the post of North East development committee chief. But refusing Srinivasan is rubbing him the wrong way and the consequences wouldn't be that great for Bengal cricket. But no doubt this has been humiliating for him (Dalmiya) and he knows that well" (PTI, 9/29).