Hectic parleys and backroom manoeuvring continued among BCCI bigwigs though there was still no breakthrough in a care logjam to find a consensus candidate for a President’s post left empty by a demise of Jagmohan Dalmiya.
The late night assembly in Nagpur on Wednesday between two former BCCI chiefs and famous foes N Srinivasan and Sharad Pawar has combined a new dimension to the succession battle.
It is learnt that dual have come together to cobble adult the numbers even as a BCCI Secretary Anurag Thakur’s faction tried to pattern support for their Presidential candidate Rajeev Shukla.
According to tip sources, Srinivasan is learnt to have expressed his support to Pawar or his nominee. In return Srinivasan wants that his reign as ICC Chairman should continue unhindered.
The Tamil Nadu strongman is distressed that if the Thakur organisation retains control of a Board, they might commission a new ICC Chairman from India in his place.
Srinivasan had called a assembly of his loyalists in Bengaluru yesterday to sign his strength. While 5 of the six East Zone members had skipped a meeting, usually Odisha Cricket Association (OCA) attended a assembly nonetheless their secretary Asirbad Behera, who is a voter, chose to stay back.
While KSCA represented by Brijesh Patel and Kerala CA represented by TC Mathew were there, it is not transparent as to how many units indeed attended this uncover of strength meeting called by Srinivasan.
The CAB had already simplified that they won’t attend any meeting compartment Dalmiya’s upraise assembly gets over on October 2.
National Cricket Club, that is like Dalmiya’s family club, represented by his crony KP Kajaria also were not present. Kajaria himself is not gripping good these days.
While Thakur coterie is in foster of Shukla holding over as a President, it does not have the clear infancy to safeguard feat for a Congress MP.
The appointment of former India captain Sourav Ganguly has also altered a energy equations in a Board with indications that he might foster a Pawar faction. Although the CAB had been traditionally against to Pawar since of his feud with Dalmiya though things seem to be changing fast in BCCI’s energy politics.
Similarly Pawar organisation also have 4 committed electorate in Mumbai CA, Vidarbha CA (Shashank Manohar), Mahrashtra CA (Ajay Shirke) and Saurashtra CA (Niranjan Shah). However, some of these units are not too happy about his remarkable association with Srinivasan.
They are arguing that they had quiescent from a BCCI in the arise of a spot-fixing liaison to criticism against Srinivasan and it will be a detriment of face for them if they extend support to Pawar’s fondness with a controversial administrator.