N. Srinivasan and Co. meet ahead of court judgement

The club and district secretaries in the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association had an ‘informal’ meeting at a city hotel here on Monday. Current and former office bearers including N. Srinivasan were present.

The gathering assumes significance given that the Supreme Court is expected to give directions on the running of State Associations on January 19.   -  bijoy ghosh

The club and district secretaries in the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA) had an ‘informal’ meeting at a city hotel here on Monday. Many present and former office-bearers including N. Srinivasan were present.

The gathering assumes significance given that the Supreme Court is expected to give directions on the running of the State Associations on January 19.

The TNCA is looking at ways to implement the Lodha Committee recommendations without causing too much damage to the existing power structure.

It is, however, clear that cricketers will play a larger role in the running of the TNCA in the days to come.

Former Test cricketers from the State are expected to get a vote in the TNCA. As many as 17 players appear to be eligible for voting rights.

There is, however, no clarity on whether the existing clubs in Chennai, as many as 148 of them, each of whom had a vote till now will be allowed to do so under the changed circumstances.

If the clubs are not allowed to vote — this would mean Chennai would have one vote like the other districts — then there could a huge shake-up in the manner office-bearers are elected.

Presently, there are 192 votes in all, comprising 148 clubs, 31 districts, 11 office-bearers and the two universities.

If voting rights are taken away from the clubs, then 32 districts, including Chennai, and the 17 former Test cricketers could pick the office-bearers. It has to be seen whether the votes for the officials and the two varsities remain.

Existential crisis

There could also be plenty of resentment in the clubs if they are stripped of the voting rights. They could face an existential crisis as their value could drop drastically.

It has been learnt that many of the clubs could approach the court if they are left without a vote.

Another vital point is whether the office-bearers in the various district associations have to comply with the cooling-off period rule.