Buzz over Srinivasan return

Telegraph India

Telegraph India

Author 2019-11-10 04:07:00

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The annual general meeting of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) under Sourav Ganguly’s leadership will be held in Mumbai on December 1.

Plans are afoot to bring about several changes to the new constitution, after it underwent modifications following the Supreme Court judgment on August 9, 2018.

The agenda points to the members wanting to revisit the age cap of 70 years, the cooling-off period and curtailing the powers of the CEO. Any change, however, will need the approval of the apex court.

The members feel that in the current scenario, lack of experience will be a huge issue, especially when it comes to BCCI’s representation at the International Cricket Council (ICC).

According to the amendment proposal: “Disqualifications are too wide. If persons without sufficient experience are made to represent India’s interests in the ICC, there will be no recognition for India’s contribution to cricket at the international stage.

“In order to protect the interests of the BCCI, which are being steadily eroded at ICC, people with the experience of negotiation and personal interaction with other member nations should be made the representatives.”

This could effectively pave the way for former International Cricket Council (ICC) chairman and BCCI president N. Srinivasan to be India’s representative at the game’s global governing body.

Srinivasan has an axe to grind against current ICC chairman Shashank Manohar and that might lead to an interesting battle. Manohar had abolished Srinivasan’s Big Three Model at the ICC wherein India would have received around $570 million annually.

The final decision on who will represent BCCI at the ICC will be taken by the members at the AGM. The new office-bearers also feel that the daily administration of the Board has been handed to the CEO and powers should be returned to the office-bearers.

“The day-to-day management of the BCCI shall be conducted by the professionals in both cricketing and non-cricketing matters under direct supervision, direction and control of the respective office-bearers,” says the proposal.

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