Srinivasan set to become BCCI president

MUMBAI: N Srinivasan, currently the Cricket Board’s secretary, is all set to be elevated as the next president-elect at the BCCI’s 81st Annual General Meeting here tomorrow.

As per BCCI rotation policy, it is the turn of south zone, to which Srinivasan belongs, to take over the reins of the Board next year after the turn of central zone.

The Board’s general body is also expected to oust suspended Indian Premier League chairman Lalit Modi from his post of vice-president from the central zone with Rajiv Shukla being the front-runner to replace him.

All the current office bearers of the Board, including president Shashank Manohar and secretary Srinivasan, are well-poised to be elected unopposed for another year in the two plus one system of governance adopted by the BCCI.

The list includes treasurer M P Pandove and joint secretary Sanjay Jagdale. All of them have completed two years in their posts and have to be re-elected for the third year.

While Arun Jaitley (north), N Shivlal Yadav (south) and Arindam Ganguly (east) are set to retain their seats, Chirayu Amin (west) has to give way to another person from the same zone after having completed his term.

Through an amendment to its memorandum of rules and regulations, which is to be done at the AGM, the BCCI is also set to bring the IPL Governing Council’s tenure to one year like all its other sub-committees. Its tenure originally is for five years.

This move, being done in the aftermath of the suspension of Modi against whom several charges of irregularities in running the Twenty20 League have been levelled by the Board, will effectively also see his ouster from the BCCI altogether.

The charges against Modi are currently being investigated by a three-member disciplinary panel of the Board, whose findings would determine his immediate future vis-?-vis the Board.

The Governing Council will be reconstituted after this amendment and according to BCCI sources five members would be appointed by the AGM along with two ex-cricketers while all the principal office bearers of the Board will be its ex-officio members.

Currently three former cricketers ? Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi, Sunil Gavaskar and Ravi Shastri are the members of the IPL Governing Council.

The five-member senior selection committee of the Board, headed by Krishnamachari Srikkanth, is all set to be retained, especially with the World Cup just around the corner. It is believed in Board’s precincts that continuity in selection matters is needed in the run-up to the mega event.

The AGM will also decide the venue of the second Test between India and New Zealand from November 12-16 after Kanpur, the original venue, and Kolkata have cried off from hosting the match.

Hyderabad’s Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium at Uppal is the front-runner to host the match after the International Cricket Council’s green signal to it earlier this year to host Test matches after having held three ODIs previously. But a final decision will be taken by the general body.

The AGM would also nominate members of various committees, including the all-important Working Committee.

Other routine matters like passing of the annual report and accounts for fiscal ending March 31, 2010 would be gone through.

The alleged discrepancy in the accounts of IPL 3 held in March-April this year would also be placed before the AGM.

Yesterday, there was an internal audit of these accounts by the IPL Governing Council and it was found that an amount of Rs 76.22 crore, through sales of hospitality tickets for the two semi-finals, the third place tie and the final, is allegedly unaccounted for, according to BCCI sources.

Tickets for the final, held at the D Y Patil Stadium on April 25, have also not been allegedly fully accounted for with only 30,000 tickets being shown to have been sold while the packed stadium accommodated over 50,000 spectators, the sources have indicated.

Another alleged scandal that came to light yesterday was in connection with the deal signed by IPL for installation of baggage screening machines of spectators at various venues, according to the sources.

The deal was signed with a Delhi-based company which existed only on paper while the invoice for Rs 1.5 crore, of which Rs 70 lakh have been paid, was raised by a Bangalore firm. The IPL accounts allegedly showed that the contract with the Delhi firm was for Rs 5.5 crore.(PTI)

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