BCCI's AGM on March 2; Srini's fate uncertain

BCCI's AGM on March 2; Srini's fate uncertain

BCCI's AGM on March 2; Srini's fate uncertain

 The much-awaited Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the BCCI, which had to be deferred a number of times because of the IPL spot-fixing case, will now be held here on March 2, bringing an end to the uncertainty over its functioning.

The decision was taken at the Board’s emergent Working Committee meeting where sidelined N Srinivasan also attended in his capacity as Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA) president. The committee discussed the implications of the Supreme Court judgement and decided to act as per legal advice.

It was also decided to increase the monthly gratis scheme for all former cricketers by 50 per cent subject to a maximum of Rs 50,000 per month effective from January this year.

“The Working Committee of the BCCI at its emergent meeting, held in Chennai today has decided to hold the Annual General Meeting of the BCCI on the 2nd of March 2015 at 9.30 AM in Chennai,” according to a BCCI statement issued after the meeting.

The meeting has been held in the wake of the Apex Court order on January 22, clearly stating that BCCI will have to hold its AGM-cum-elections within six weeks.

BCCI’s president-in-exile Srinivasan has also been clearly told by the SC that he won’t be able to stand for presidential elections unless he completely dissociates himself with the India Cements-owned CSK.

The meeting discussed the SC judgement in particular, which had questioned the autonomy of the board.

Members expressed their objection to this because removal of the autonomy of the Board would lead to lot of complications including matters pertaining to the Reserve Bank of India when it comes to foreign exchange transactions of the Board.

The meeting took place for half-an-hour only and the main subject of discussion was in respect of a hike of gratis payment to the former cricketers. It was also learnt that interim president Shivlal Yadav in all likelihood is the frontrunner to replace Srinivasan in the next AGM if the Tamil Nadu strongman decides not to contest.

If there is no election, then Yadav, a former India off-spinner with more than 100 Test wickets may become head of BCCI unopposed. It is learnt that Srinivasan intimated the Board members about CSK being transferred to a new subsidiary.

Meanwhile, the BCCI working committee members were unanimous in their opinion that a legal recourse must be planned against unrecognised Cricket Association of Bihar secretary Aditya Verma for “spreading baseless rumours.”

“One of the working committee members today raised concerns about constant unsubstantiated claims made by one Aditya Verma and wanted working committee members to take due cognisance of the matter.

The BCCI is planning legal action against Verma, who has been spreading canards about Srinivasan and raising claims of conflict of interest against Shivlal and Rajiv Shukla,” said a BCCI source.

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