These are turbulent times for the richest and most powerful Board in world cricket – BCCI (Board of Cricket Control in India). Its President considered the most powerful man in world cricket is in deep trouble. At 10:30 a.m. on Friday Supreme Court will finally pull the carpet from under Srinivasan’s feet as his position as BCCI chief has now become untenable.
Supreme Court has asked former India skipper Sunil Gavaskar to take charge as interim president. But, BCCI are unlikely to go with Gavaskar.
We at Sportzwiki take a look at five possible candidates who could replace who could replace N Srinivasan.
5) Kapil Dev: India’s 1983 world cup winning captain known popularly as Haryana Hurricane Kapil Dev is a highly emotional person. Until last year he was suspended from BCCI due to his association with the rebel league –ICL sponsored by Zee Group. But, last year after an apology from Dev BCCI formally inducted him in the family. Now that he is back in the fold might as well use his services though he has very little administrative experience but he is a long slot to land the job.
4) Jagmohan Dalmiya: A master of politics and a brilliant at economics, Jagmohan Dalmiya is the man credited for turning the gentleman’s game into a money spinning machine which is it now today. He took cricket outside its traditional bastions.
Dalmiya along with his friend Inderjit Singh Bindra entered BCCI in 1979, and helped India win the right to stage the World Cup in 1987. That tournament brought huge money into the subcontinent, and rest they say is history. Dalmiya then led the revamp of cricket in ’90s, making the BCCI the richest cricket board on the world. Being a Marwari he has excellent commercial skills which ICC using his full potential and turned the fortunes of ICC which brought them back after being on the verge of extension. round the cash-strapped ICC’s fortunes. However, in 2004, the tide turned and Dalmiya, the man who till then had never lost an election, was beaten at his own game by Sharad Pawar who won by a resounding margin. His opponents sensing a vulnerable Dalmiya went for the kill blaming him for misuse of 1996 World Cup funds. But Dalmiya the ultimate fighter made a stunning comeback by rewinning, against odds, the presidential elections for the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) in July 2006. BCCI went to court against his election which was followed by lengthy legal battles but, in July 2007, he was allowed to contest elections again. He even was made interim president the last time around when Sriniavsan stepped aside. Man with such a track record might just be the dark horse in this race.
3) Arun Jaitely: Considered one of the shrewdest politician in India Arun Jaitely is also one of the possible candidates. Apart from being a well-known lawyer the leader of opposition in Rajya Sabha Jaitely has no dearth of experience when it comes to facing challenging situation.
Moreover, the fact that he has previously worked as DDCA president and vice president of BCCI may go in his favour. But, having said that it is unlikely that he will want to get involved in with a storm-ridden BCCI at a time when general election is almost upon us, especially considering his party is a front-runner and he is almost certain to get a key ministerial position in potential Narendra Modi government.
2) Anil Kumble: Nicknamed ‘Jumbo ’ the former Indian skipper Anil Kumble can be summed in the adjectives such as trier, a fighter, an old-school no nonsense administrator in Indian cricket. Yes this is where he has a slight advantage over other that he already has the knowhow of inner workings of BCCI.
One of the greatest spinners to have ever played the game Kumble spearheaded the Indian lead the Indian bowling for more than a decade. Most of his team-mates consider him as an out-and-out team man.
Kumble’s one phenomenal quality is to fight out instead of leaving the field. I still get goosebumps while reliving his act of bravery in Antigua in 2002 when he played with a stomach pain and a fractured jaw. So one thing is certain with this guy at the helm is he will fight out even the worst of situation and never quit.
1) Sourav Ganguly & Rahul Dravid: In these turbulent times there is no better man than former Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly a.k.a Dada to take over the reins of BCCI. A man credited with moulding this modern Indian team Ganguly as enough managerial experience to take on such a challenging job.
Remember when, in 1999/2000, Ganguly took over the reins of Indian team along with Rahul Dravid as his deputy Indian team was pretty much in similar situation. The then Indian skipper, Mohammad Azharuddin, was caught match fixing and all believed that game of cricket will die in India rather than later. In those times India were lucky enough to have Ganguly at the helm who oversaw a complete transition which was followed by what everyone now remember as golden period in India’s cricket history. The only thing which goes against him is lack of experience in administration, but hey, these are not normal scenes in Indian cricket and it needs Bengal Tiger once again this time off the field this time.
The other man who can be a possible candidate is – Rahul Dravid. Widely respected in the cricketing circles and one of the few men on who is above suspicion. Nicknamed The Wall he commands unpanelled respect in Indian cricket has a clean image. Known for his integrity Rahul Dravid might just be the man to drive BCCI out of clutches of corruption.