Srinivasan needs to head to ICC: BCCI members

The Times of India

The Times of India

Author 2019-10-24 14:57:00

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  • There is speculation that Srinivasan could be back at the ICC soon, even aiming to become the chairman once again in the next AGM of the governing body.
  • There is a lot more that the members will have to do before Srinivasan can make this journey.
  • There's enough time considering there's no ICC board meeting scheduled until February 2020.
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MUMBAI: The members of the BCCI are unanimous in their view that N Srinivasan, the former chairman of the ICC, should be named India's representative at the governing body once again, subject to an amendment in the constitution.

Discussions to this effect took place at the BCCI headquarters on Wednesday as members gathered for the formal appointment of the new apex council.

"It is the member board's prerogative to nominate a representative. The ICC or any other outsider has no say in that. People who talk about BCCI's constitution need to understand that there are matters of concern which need to be addressed by individuals who understand it sufficiently in the first place," highly placed sources told TOI.

For long, the cricket world, globally, has been involved in heavy speculation that Srinivasan could be back at the ICC soon, even aiming to become the chairman once again in the next annual general meeting of the governing body.

While that's a long shot yet, sources say: "The more important thing right now is for India to fight for what it has lost at ICC. The money that ICC owes India is huge. For a country that brings 70% of the game's global revenues to the table, that's not how it works".

There is a lot more that the members will have to do before Srinivasan can make this journey and there's enough time considering there's no ICC board meeting scheduled until February next year.

"All stakeholders in BCCI, and even those at the highest level in the union government who are overseeing this smooth transition understand the relevance of this. Srini has to go if India wants its position back at the ICC," sources say.

As BCCI sits down to review the constitution, the matter concerning ICC will be in focus at the AGM next month. "Expect developments related to the ICC to be adequately addressed. It'll happen soon," add sources. The 70-year rule and all, members say, "is fine when it comes to office-bearers in BCCI and state associations". However, the alternate theory they present is "experience is equally important when dealing with matters of such concern".

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