What happened at the BCCI meeting in Bengaluru?

The meeting was convened presumably by former BCCI chief N. Srinivasan. What an irony that many of whom formed a beeline to Bangalore were hostile towards the same person in the last two years!

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The Maharashtra Cricket Association's (MCA) decision to nominate the ousted Board of Cricket Control of India (BCCI) secretary Ajay Shirke has found its way to the Lodha committee members. The immediate response from a handful of those close to the committee was "It would be interesting to see if he (Shirke) lands up (for BCCI meeting whenever it takes place)."

But on Saturday evening, a large group of former BCCI office bearers affected by the Supreme Court order turned up at a five-star hotel in Bengaluru. They wanted to ascertain their strength and if they had the adequate numbers to control the state associations in the new setup.

The meeting was convened presumably by former BCCI chief N. Srinivasan. What an irony that many of whom formed a beeline to Bangalore were hostile towards the same person in the last two years!

"If only he had resigned then following the IPL (Indian Premier League) mess, the BCCI would not have been such a sorry plight," was the refrain. Now they blame another former BCCI president Shashank Manohar for all the trouble. They are willing to do business even with a senior functionary who recommended to Justice Lodha about the need for CCI and NCC to be disaffiliated and that the BCCI must have all states represented, but with only one vote each.

Representatives of associations and those thrown out told Sportstar while checking in at different airports that they did not know the purpose of the meeting.

"A bright young representative of a State association sent an image on WhatsApp that said: "Good morning, faith is not knowing what the future holds, but knowing who holds the future," they said.

By now, almost the entire cricketing fraternity knows that efforts were made to prevent the CCI from offering its facilities for the two warm up games against England and also the national selectors, junior and senior, were told to do certain things. That did not happen. The CCI's top brass did not like one bit of such moves being made by an immediate past office bearer.

It is understood that the deposed BCCI president Anurag Thakur was also present at the meeting. A handful said that nothing of note happened though.