Former BCCI and current ICC President N. Srinivasan on Wednesday met with Sharad Pawar to discuss the current vacancy at the helm of Indian cricket with the demise of Jagmohan Dalmiya.
Admitting that Srinivasan met him, Pawar said on Thursday, "We could not meet in Kolkata during Jagmohan Dalmiya's funeral as I left Kolkata early and he arrived a little late. So he decided to meet me in Nagpur during my visit here.
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"Srinivasan felt that the present atmosphere at the BCCI was not good and it (an election) will create more bitterness and therefore it would be in the interest of the BCCI not to hold a contest," Pawar said.
According a report in Times of India, the effort made by Srinivasan is aimed at foiling attempts by the Anurag Thakur faction from propping up IPL chief Rajiv Shukla as Dalmiya's successor. The elevation of Sourav Ganguly as interim president of Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) has given a boost to the Thakur camp and was discussed in Srinivasan's Bangalore meeting.
Srinivasan, however told Pawar that he was not interested to occupy the post currently left vacant with Dalmiya's death.
If fences are mended, then this deal will be a win-win for both Srinivasan and Pawar as both have been away from the actual affairs of cricket's strongest and influential board. However, this electoral alliance is still far from fructifying and several rounds of meetings are expected between the two factions in the coming days as the situation is very fluid.
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Srinivasan and Pawar’s meeting is one of the most surprising developments in the battle for BCCI President’s post so far.
Pawar was among the first to raise his voice against Srinivasan after his son-in-law was implicated in the IPL spot-fixing and betting scandal. Srinivasan had to eventually step aside as BCCI chief after being chided by the Supreme Court.
The number crunching game is still far from over. In the coming few days, expect more statements and speculations, but if this development becomes reality, it has the potential to skew the battle for BCCI presidency as it struggles to get new faces to run the show.
(With PTI inputs)