Srinivasan tight-lipped on Supreme Court verdict

The Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA) President spoke to Sportstar on Monday, saying: "I have not got the order yet. Then I need to look into all the details of the order with the help of my lawyer. I cannot comment anything today."

Srinivasan, who said he was happy running his cement business, is two years older than 70, the prescribed age-limit for BCCI office-bearers by the apex court.   -  v. ganesan

N. Srinivasan wants to first read the complete order of the Supreme Court before deciding on his next course of action.

The Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA) President spoke to Sportstar on Monday, saying: “I have not got the order yet. Then I need to look into all the details of the order with the help of my lawyer. I cannot comment anything today."

Srinivasan, who said he was happy running his cement business, is two years older than 70, the prescribed age-limit for BCCI office-bearers by the apex court.

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Meanwhile, the mood in the TNCA office was sombre though the officials went about their work without fuss.

The TNCA will soon call for a meeting of its executive committee to decide on whether to accept the recommendations of the Lodha Committee or not. Then, a special general meeting of the TNCA will be called to discuss the issue.

TNCA secretary K.S. Viswanathan said: “We will abide by the decision of the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court is Supreme.”

Yet, it was a day of mixed emotions. A senior official said, “This is a sad day for Indian cricket.”

The TNCA comprises clubs and districts. There are total of 150 clubs and 31 districts. All of them have voting rights and elect the office-bearers and the executive committee in the TNCA.

What the TNCA decides will depend on how the representatives of the clubs vote at the special general meeting.

But does the TNCA have a choice? It was a day when some office-bearers in the TNCA were unsure about still being in the job given the apex court’s ruling that a cumulative tenure, either in the BCCI or the State associations, should not exceed nine years.

There were some who felt whoever filled the role of the president or the secretary now, would face the same difficulties that Anurag Thakur and Ajay Shirke were confronted with.

In other words, it would still be extremely difficult, they felt, to convince the members of the State associations to give an undertaking to the apex court about accepting the Lodha committee recommendations in totality.

Beneath the words, there was also a sense of resignation at the TNCA. Apart from filing a curative petition, challenging the verdict, there was an acceptance that there is no other option.