TNCA: 'Resigning from the post is redundant'

As a natural consequence of the Supreme Court’s order on Monday, N. Srinivasan and K. S. Viswanathan cease to hold office as the TNCA president and secretary, and do not have to send in their resignations.

The Supreme Court verdict has brough an end to N. Srinivasan's reign as the TNCA president.   -  V. GANESAN

Joint secretary R. I. Palani ran the day-to-day affairs of the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA) here on Wednesday.

As a natural consequence of the Supreme Court’s order on Monday, N. Srinivasan and K. S. Viswanathan cease to hold office as the TNCA president and secretary, and do not have to send in their resignations.

“Resigning from the job is redundant. If we do not meet the conditions as per the Supreme Court order, we naturally do not hold the post any longer,” said an official to Sportstar.

Viswanathan paid a brief visit to the TNCA in the evening. He said he was there not to discharge his duties, but only meet friends.

Palani has taken over the secretary’s role; he can continue till the TNCA’s next AGM after which he will have to serve the three-year cooling-off period.

Either P. S. Raman or Kalpathi Aghoram, both senior vice-presidents, will be the interim president. Both retain their posts till the next AGM after which the cooling- off phase will start.

The TNCA will, next week, call for an executive committee meeting at which the Lodha recommendations will be formally accepted. In fact, the process of adhering to the recommendations has already begun.

Meanwhile, Sportstar spoke to several former cricketers to seek their views on taking up different roles in the TNCA.

The financial aspect

Many of them felt that it would be difficult for them to serve in an honorary capacity. A former State player said, “Cricket is our livelihood. It would be very hard for us to devote so much time to the job of a secretary or any other such post, if there is no monetary compensation.”

He added, “Cricket is our passion, but we also need money to run our families. To avoid conflict of interest, we will not be able to run our coaching academies either. It will be very hard for us to assume full-time roles without a salary.”

The coming days promise to be eventful.