With an air of confusion covering the whole administrative scenario of the game in the country right now, the former biggies of the BCCI, who are now rendered powerless after the Supreme Court’s verdict, are meeting in Bengaluru on Saturday (January 7) evening to chalk out the next course of action in order to regain the supremacy.
The Supreme Court’s damning judgment on the BCCI has completely jolted the board’s top hierarchy and the majority of prevalent administrators are staring down the barrel. Anurag Thakur and Ajay Shirke have been sacked from their post while the five vice-presidents are not even eligible for a post on the board. Vice-president ML Nehru – is 78 years old and over the Lodha Committee’s age cap of 70 while the other four – CK Khanna, GK Gangaraju, TC Mathew and Gautam Roy – have all been office-bearers at their state associations for more than nine years.
According to the Lodha Committee’s recommendation which has been accepted by the Supreme Court, if a person had finished nine years as an office-bearer, whether at BCCI or state level or both combined, that person was ineligible to remain as office-bearer at BCCI or state level effective immediately. It means joint secretary Amitabh Choudhury is ineligible to run for a post too.
The Times of India has reported that several former officials who represented various state cricket bodies will meet today in Bengaluru to discuss the Supreme Court orders’ and to evaluate legal options before them. The report further added that the former BCCI presidents N Srinivasan and Anurag Thakur can attend the crisis meeting. Meanwhile, Thakur might give the meeting a miss for fear of contempt but Ajay Shirke is expected to attend it.
As quoted in the daily, a source said: “Everybody is now looking up to Srini (Srinivasan) to show them the way forward. They all wanted him out in 2013. Now they all want him to lead the way.”
Speculations are rife that the apex court’s decision might compel the now-powerless cricket administrators to run the game in the country from behind the scenes with the help of a proxy.
However, speculations have been quashed by Srinivasan for the time being as he said:“It’s nothing but a few sacked employees meeting for a cup of coffee!”
Another source said: “We are almost like those union leaders who have been thrown out of office. We have to think of fallback options. Years of hard work is set to be undone… the Supreme Court order, of course, is very tight but we have to think what we can do.”
“All the associations who have been affected will come for this meeting and we will discuss what needs to be done. It is only after the meeting that we can give you a clearer picture on how we will go about it,” he added.
Meanwhile, the Supreme Court, on January 19, will name a three-member panel to run BCCI.
“As soon as that panel is in place, it will call for a general body meeting of member associations to make them agree to the reforms. Even if 15 associations say yes, the quorum will be formed. Once that happens, elections under a new constitution will be imminent. There’s only that much time to figure what can be done,” another source close to the developments said.
Well, the Supreme Court might have made the cricket administrators of this powerless but they, it seems, are not ready to throw in the towel yet.