Srinivasan, Thakur discuss SC verdict at BCCI meet

"(Anurag) Thakur and (N.) Srinivasan were very cordial with each other. Obviously, the current situation was discussed. Srinivasan asked if we are all together in it or not. Even Thakur understands he needs Srinivasan by his side now," said a source.

File photo of Anurag Thakur (left) and N. Srinivasan.   -  V. Ganesan

With the Supreme Court verdict virtually putting an end to their administrative careers in Indian cricket, N. Srinivasan and Anurag Thakur on Saturday discussed the verdict at an informal meeting in Bangalore.

Out of 30 Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) units, 24 had representatives, who are either done with their BCCI careers or forced to step down.

Apart from Srinivasan and Thakur, former secretary Ajay Shirke, joint secretary Amitabh Chaudhary and treasurer Anirudh Chaudhary also attended the meeting. Indian Premier League (IPL) chairman Rajeev Shukla was there too.

Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) was represented by P. V. Shetty.

Railways, Services, Universities along with National Cricket Club, Vidarbha Cricket Association and Delhi & District Cricket Association were absent.

Putting aside their differences, Thakur and Srinivasan discussed the Apex Court verdict.

"Yes, it was an informal meeting. Thakur and Srinivasan were very cordial with each other. Obviously, the current situation was discussed. Srinivasan asked if we are all together in it or not. Even Thakur understands he needs Srinivasan by his side now. Out of 24, at least 18 are still Srini loyalists," a state association official told PTI.

Asked if there was a discussion on state associations preventing the new set of observers from hosting matches at stadiums, he said: "That's absurd. Nothing of that sort has been discussed. At least it won’t happen in my association," said an official from a eastern state unit.

He didn't answer if there are discussions on forming a parallel body.

"Today's meeting was about checking unity and we will again have a meeting in two weeks' time. Let January 19 pass and we can take it on from there. As of now, nothing concrete has been discussed. There is a Supreme Court verdict and we can't do anything about it now," he added.