Former BCCI chief and current ICC Chairman N Srinivasan was on Friday unanimously re-elected president of the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA) in its 85th Annual General Meeting.
Srinivasan, who was forced to step aside from BCCI president’s post and later withdraw from a possible re-election, has been elected in the TNCA for a one-year term.
Incumbent Secretary Kashi Viswanathan also held on to his position for another term. V P Narsimhan was elected Treasurer.
Srinivasan has been a controversial figure in the recent history of Indian cricket and has been in news for all the wrong reasons.
Firstly he himself and his son in law Gurunath Meiyappan’s name got involved in the alleged IPL betting scam. It was one of the ugliest scams that Indian cricket ever witnessed bringing a lot of cricketers and non-cricketers into the spotlight, including India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni. Although Srinivasan was given a clean chit but Meiyappan was not so lucky. This matter is under scrutiny and has brought a lot of shame to Srinivasan.
Then there was another controversy regarding the owning of the IPL team Chennai Super Kings, which is owned by Srinivasan’s very company, India Cements. It was widely said that he used his power and influence to get his team CSK favors in various IPL matches but nothing has been proved so far.
It also claimed by many people that when Srinivasan was the BCCI chief, he used to do whatever he wanted, without consulting the other members, almost acting like a authoritative dictator. It has also been claimed that he often used to indulge in shady dealings and happenings in and out of the BCCI.
In another embarrassing event, his own son Ashwin claimed that he was a gay but his father never acknowledged his choice and forced him to marry a girl.
Srinivasan has often been described as a power hungry and person who always wanted to at the helm of all the governing bodies he could, including BCCI and ICC.
We have to say that during his tenure, India’s cricketing image was hurt the most, both in front of domestic and international audiences. Many people started to question the integrity of the BCCI and Srinivasan’s own reputation was under the scanner.