Former BCCI President N Srinivasan yesterday made an ‘appearance’ through Skype at the board’s Special General Meeting (SGM) held to discuss the battle against the International Cricket Council (ICC) over revenue sharing. Stunned board members said the intrusion was in violation of BCCI rules.
The month of May doesn’t seem to be a favourite one for erstwhile Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president. In May 2013, he was under pressure from some of his fellow cricket administrators to quit as BCCI chief when it emerged that his son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan was involved in the Indian Premier League-6 spot fixing scandal.
Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) officials Rajiv Shukla (right), Niranjan Shah, Sourav Ganguly among others at the Board’s Special General Meeting in New Delhi yesterday. Pic/PTI
Yesterday, the Chennai strongman made an ‘appearance’ through Skype at the BCCI’s Special General Meeting (SGM) held to discuss the Board’s fight against apex body International Cricket Council (ICC) over a revenue-sharing issue.
It is learnt that Srinivasan’s ‘intrusion’ stunned the Board members. One of them, a senior official, told mid-day: “This was a surprise element of the meeting.
The meeting was going on smoothly and suddenly a Srinivasan loyalist switched on Skype and told members that Srinivasan would want to join the meeting.” The officials reckoned his entry was a complete violation of BCCI rules.
“According to rules, only one member from a state unit can attend the meeting. In Tamil Nadu Cricket Association’s (TNCA) case, its secretary Kasi Viswanathan was present at the meeting. I feel he should have left the meeting following his association president’s appearance via Skype,” said another BCCI official.
“Yes, he joined us through Skype and contributed meaningfully to the conversation. Since he has intimate knowledge of the ICC governing structure, he was able to throw relevant light on how to go about things,” said Amitabh Chaudhary (BCCI Hon. Secretary).
While the BCCI decided not to boycott next month’s Champions Trophy in England, it authorised Chaudhary to, as per the BCCI’s media release, “continue negotiations with the ICC in the best interest of the BCCI while keeping its legal options open.”
Srinivasan, it is learnt suggested that a notice be sent to the ICC for reducing India’s revenue share from USD 570 million to USD 293 million. But most BCCI members shot down Srinivasan’s view.
It must be stressed that some BCCI members recently wanted Srinivasan to attend the recent ICC meeting, but the Committee of Administrators (CoA) sent Chaudhary instead.