The Indian cricket board chief N Srinivasan is a man of few words. But when he talks, he appears confident and sure of what is he saying.
So on Thursday, when he announced that he is going to contest for the post of president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) here on Tuesday, he was sure that he has the numbers to back it. The elections will be held during an annual general meeting on September 29.
“I am going to stand (for re-election as president). You are press, all of you are giving the numbers (in support and against me),” Srinivasan said after the marketing committee meet at the BCCI Centre.
Srinivasan, who is president of Tamil Nadu Cricket Association, has been under tremendous pressure since the spot-fixing scandal during the Indian Premier League VI. His son-in-law and Chennai Super Kings team principal Gurunath Meiyappan’s name cropped up in investigations into betting. Srinivasan was forced to step aside that brought former president Jagmohan Dalmiya at the helm of affairs.
The buzz in the BCCI is that the man has backing of most of the associations in the South Zone, barring one or two, making it clear that he has no opposition. Also, the talks of former BCCI president Shashank Manohar making a return to the fold is now doubtful since he doesn’t appear to have enough support.
It is South Zone’s turn to propose a name for the president’s post for the third year. However, they can even suggest a name from outside the zone. Srinivasan is hoping to get re-elected for the third year in running after serving the board for two years.
Earlier this week, there were talks that he met members of other associations, barring Goa and Andhra, in South Zone at a resort.
Srinivasan denied it. “First of all the information is wrong. The meeting did not take place (at the venue) where the media is saying. I don’t know what bearing it has (on the elections).”
South Zone officials were not willing to comment on Srinivasan’s decision to contest. However, other associations are confident that he is too strong to be moved.
“Srinivasan enjoys good clout down South. Most of the associations will support him. There is no chance for others to sideline him despite whatever happened off late. He is confident that he is going to be re-elected,” said an official of the body that will vote in the AGM.