Kolkata: Fearing legal repercussions, N Srinivasan today refrained from staging a comeback as BCCI President but attended the Board's working committee meeting which decided to have its crucial Annual General Meeting on September 29 in Chennai.
According to the BCCI media release, a disciplinary committee of the Board would meet in a few days to consider the report of Mr. Ravi Savani on alleged match fixing/ spot fixing charges against the players during IPL 2013. Board President Jagmohan Dalmiya suggested that an anti-corruption official along with a dedicated security official would be appointed for each team during the CLT20, as specified in the release.
Other than this, the movement around the dugout and match officials area would be restricted and players and support staff would not be allowed to accept any gifts during the course of the tournament. They should disclose the value of the Gifts that they have received 15 days prior to the commencement of the tournament and also the person from whom they received the gift. The players and support-staff will have to declare and disclose the mobile nos being used by them and all calls coming through the hotel exchange will have to be cleared by the team manager. The Anti-Corruption Unit will seek the help of the local police authorities wherever required, Mr. Dalmiya suggested.
There was intense speculation ahead of the meeting on whether Srinivasan, who had stepped aside in the wake of the IPL spot-fixing scandal, will regain control of the Board as he aims for a second term at the helm. Srinivasan was in attendance as President of the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association, while interim chief Jagmohan Dalmiya chaired the working committee meeting which also ratified the audited accounts of the Board.
Though Dalmiya chaired the meeting, Srinivasan presided when matters concerning the accounts were taken up. The working committee decided that Dalmiya will continue to oversee the Board's day-to-day functioning till the AGM in Chennai.
The AGM assumes great significance as Srinivasan is keen to seek a second term as President but has not been able to function at the helm because of the legal implications. Srinivasan was dealt a major setback when the Supreme Court deferred the hearing on his petition, challenging the Bombay High Court's order which declared the BCCI probe panel to investigate the spot-fixing scandal as "illegal and unconstitutional".
The hearing will now be conducted on September 11 and notices have been sent to Srinivasan and the BCCI on the matter.
Another setback for Srinivasan and the Board was the apex court's decision to admit a Cricket Association of Bihar petition seeking a fresh panel to enquire the IPL spot-fixing scandal, in which the BCCI chief's son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan was also implicated. Srinivasan had made an attempt to return to the top post in the last working committee meeting in Delhi but a technical issue had led to the meeting being called off.
24 members of the Working Committee attended Sunday's meeting - Arun Jaitley, considered the legal mind of the Board though was absent. However it is not cleat whether Srinivasan will seek a third time in the AGM that is scheduled next month.