Former BCCI Presidents N Srinivasan and Anurag Thakur, on Saturday, met in an informal meeting in Bengaluru to discuss about the current situation which is prevailing in the board after state association members joining, who are in talks to consider the apex body-led Lodha Panel reforms for cricket in India.
“The meeting was about checking unity and we will again have a meeting in two weeks time. Let the January 19 pass and we can take it on from there. As of now, nothing concrete has been discussed. There is a Supreme Court verdict and we can’t do anything about it now,” a state association official was quoted as saying by PTI.
“Yes, it was an informal meeting. Thakur and Srinivasan were very cordial with each other. Obviously the current situation was discussed,” he said.
Srinivasan and Thakur have been seen taking potshots at each other in the recent past before discussing several important things following the Supreme Court’s verdict.
“Srinivasan asked if we are all together in it or not. Even Thakur understands, he needs Srinivasan by his side now. Out of 24, at least 18 are still Srini loyalists,” he added.
Out of 30 affiliated members, 24 BCCI units had their representatives, who are either considered to go into ‘cooling off’ period or end their BCCI career.
As Mumbai Cricket Association was led by PV Shetty in the meeting, former secretary Ajay Shirke, joint secretary Amitabh Chaudhary and treasurer Aniruddh Chaudhary also attended the meet alongside Indian Premier League Chairman Rajeev Shukla.
“That’s absurd. Nothing of that sort has been discussed. At least it won’t happen in my association,” an official from one of the eastern state units was quoted as saying by PTI, when asked: ‘has there been any discussion about the state-led associations which are becoming the obstruction for the observers to host matches at stadiums’.
However, six associations did not turn out for the meeting which includes Services, Railways, Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA), All India Universities, Vidarbha Cricket Association (VCA) and National Cricket Club (NCC).