BCCI likely to nominate Srinivasan to ICC

If Srinivasan returns to the ICC, he will become the BCCI’s representative for the second time in less than two years despite not heading the board.

N. Srinivasan was replaced by Shashank Manohar as the ICC chairman last November.   -  V. Ganesan

Ten months after being replaced as the persident of the ICC, N. Srinivasan is likely to return to cricket’s global governing body. The former Indian cricket Board chief has emerged as the frontrunner to becoming the BCCI’s representative on the ICC’s Board of Directors.

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Srinivasan’s nomination is being supported by BCCI President Anurag Thakur and secretary Ajay Shirke — who is set to be re-elected as the secretary during its 87th AGM on Wednesday. Considering the bad blood between the triumvirate over the last three years, the move may come as a surprise, but it only proves that there are no permanent friends or foes in the BCCI corridors, just like in politics.

Sportstar understands that Shirke’s visit to Chennai on September 4 turned out to be the game-changer. The duo is believed to have discussed Srinivasan’s possible nomination and the veteran administrator, according to an insider close to both the sides, wasn’t averse to the proposal. Incidentally, Srinivasan won’t attend the AGM, with his loyal aide Kasi Viswanathan > is set to represent the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association.

If Srinivasan’s appointment is ratified, he will for the second time in less than two years become the BCCI’s representative at the ICC despite not heading the board. In March 2015, despite being replaced by Jagmohan Dalmiya as the BCCI chief after being barred from the court to contest the election, Srinivasan continued to be the ICC chief. He was replaced in November last year, soon after his bitter detractor, Shashank Manohar, took over the reins of the BCCI.

Incidentally, Shirke and Thakur had combined to ensure the latter’s election as secretary in the 2015 elections against Srinivasan’s candidate Sanjay Patel. Srinivasan’s resistance to act against the team owned by his family business enterprise during the 2013 IPL corruption scandal is believed to have triggered the court drama. The tide had turned against the BCCI when Shirke had resigned as treasurer protesting Srinivasan’s inaction against teams during the scandal.