BCCI won’t be holding its 85th Annual General Meeting by September end. A senior BCCI official said that the interim BCCI President Shivlal Yadav does not have the powers to clear accounts or give the annual report. This decision comes after Supreme Court refused to allow N Srinivasan to become the BCCI president until the Mudgal committee gives him a clean shit.
Mudgal committee is the panel headed by Justice Mudgal to investigate the IPL spot-fixing and betting scandal. BCCI’s senior vice-president Ravi Sawant said that only the president, and not the interim president, is empowered to approve annual accounts. “It’s not a question of whether we want to go ahead with our Annual General Meeting or adjourn it. Under the present circumstances we simply can’t call an Annual General Meeting. Who will approve the accounts? Who will sign the annual report? Only the president is empowered to do that and even if we’ve an interim president at the moment, he doesn’t have the authority. The BCCI never had an interim president before and nothing has been mentioned in our constitution about his role. If the situation doesn’t change in the next couple of weeks, we’ve to seek an extension of the present managing committee through adjournment,” Sawant said.
“The Board will function as normal. It’s the working committee that takes the decisions, not the Annual General Meeting. We appointed Ravi Shastri as the team director for the limited-overs leg in England and it’s the working committee members who took the decision. I don’t think anything will be disrupted.”
Most of the members of the BCCI wants to wait till the court proceedings are over. The fact of the matter is that the president-in-exile, Srinivasan, continues to enjoy overwhelming support from his fellow board members. “Yes, we are with Srinivasan because nothing has been proved against him yet. He’s innocent until proven guilty. As for the Annual General Meeting, we can’t have it by September-end unless the situation changes. How can you have an Annual General Meeting with the president staying away from discharging his duties,” said Ashirwad Behera, senior board member and secretary of the Orissa Cricket Association.
There has been a precedent in the BCCI and it occurred when the Annual General Meeting was adjourned for about a month in 2004 under Jagmohan Dalmiya’s tenure. Former president Shashank Manohar, said, “In 2004, the Annual General Meeting was convened before it was adjourned. I think a similar process has to be followed this time if they want to adjourn it.”