N. Srinivasan is a well traveled man. The Chennnai businessman has been the Sheriff of Madras for two terms, from 1989 to 1991 and was also a member of the Prime Minister’s Council of Trade and Industry from 1996 to 2001, before making his way into cricket administration.
Let’s take a look at a timeline which describes the rise and fall of BCCI supreme N. Srinivasan.
2001: Srinivasan makes his debut in cricket administration in Tamil Nadu.
2002: Owing to his close ties with erstwhile BCCI president A C Muthiah, Srinivasan became the president of Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA).
2005: The owner of India Cements was appointed as the BCCI treasurer and ousted then BCCI boss Jagmohan Dalmiya from the chair in alliance with NCP Chief Sharad Pawar, who took over from Dalmiya as BCCI boss.
January 2008: Srinivasan’s company India Cements buys the Chennai franchise of the much-anticipated Indian Premier League (IPL), raising questions over conflict of interest.
September 2008: Srinivasan initiates and formalises a change in the BCCI’s constitution to exclude the Indian Premier League and Champions League in a clause which barred administrators in the BCCI from having any commercial interests in BCCI initiated events. Well played Mr. Srinivasan, well played indeed!
September 2008: Srinivasan climbs the ladder further in the BCCI after his appointment as BCCI secretary.
April 2010: A C Muthiah challenges in the Supreme Court the Indian cricket board’s decision to allow its administrators to own an IPL franchise.
September 2010: The Supreme Court observes that there is a conflict of interest in Srinivasan being the treasurer of the BCCI and simultaneously owning an IPL franchise, asking Srinivasan to quit his post in the BCCI.
September 2010: Srinivasan gets support for president-elect despite all the controversies surrounding a conflict of interest.
April 2011: The highest judicial body delivers a split verdict on Muthiah’s petition highlighting a conflict of interest on Srinivasan’s part.
August 2011: Muthiah takes the legal route once again, filing yet another petition to prevent Srinivasan from assuming his post as BCCI president based on the apex court’s split verdict.
September 2011: The India Cements boss has his way as SC allows Srinivasan to assume office as BCCI chief subject to the outcome of Muthiah’s petition. There was been no further development on this front.
September 19, 2011: Srinivasan takes from Shashank Manohar as the BCCI chief for a 2-year term, which is extendable by 1 year.
September 2011: The BCCI strongly oppose the Decision review system (DRS) calling it inefficient in its present form.
February 2012: Sahara group pull-out as sponsors of the Indian team and owners of now-defunct IPL franchise Pune Warriors India just hours prior to the players’ auction. Srinivasan dons the mediator hat to bring Sahara back.
February 2012: The working committee of the BCCI, under Srinivasan’s leadership, rejects the Woolf report which recommended a restructuring of the International Cricket Council (ICC).
May 2013: Srinivasan-led BCCI is accused of facilitating L Sivaramakrishnan’s election to ICC’s cricket committee by pressurizing other test playing nations to vote for the former Tamil Nadu spinner.
May 2013: Possibly the beginning of the end for Srinivasan. During the sixth edition of the IPL, three Rajasthan Royals players are arrested on spot-fixing charges, followed by the unearthing of a scandal that shook the roots of Indian cricket. Gurunath Meiyappan, Srinivasan’s son-in-law and CSK Team Principal, was accused of betting on IPL matches. Srinivasan initially dismissed the allegations calling Meiyappan an “enthusiast”.
March 2014: The Supreme Court appointed legendary Indian opener Sunil Gavaskar as BCCI working president to take of IPL related matters in place of N Srinivasan till it announces its final verdict in the Indian Premier League (IPL) betting and spot-fixing case. CSK and RR have been allowed to compete in IPL VII, a relief for cricket fans around the world.
Guys, what do you think? Is this the end game of arguably cricket’s most powerful individual?