The Supreme Court might have refused to grant him relief but a defiant N Srinivasan is expected to attempt a comeback as BCCI President after being forced to step aside, when the Board officials gather for the final Working Committee meeting before next month's AGM, tomorrow.
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. Given the circumstances, it remains to be seen whether Srinivasan opts to remain in hibernation or chair tomorrow's meeting to seek a third term in the AGM scheduled next month.
"I've no idea about it. Please don't ask me anything about the meeting, these are tricky and sensitive issues. You'll come to know after the meeting tomorrow," BCCI's interim chief Jagmohan Dalmiya said today.
Dalmiya, however, added that the announcement of the AGM's date would be a key issue for discussion in tomorrow's meeting. There was more bad news for Srinivasan and the Board as the apex court admitted 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 was also implicated.
With no headway in sight, it remains to be seen whether the AGM would be held before September 30. "It's a big setback for Srinivasan as the Supreme Court has issued notice in the name of Srinivasan and others," a Board official said.
There are, however, indications that Srinivasan would turn up tomorrow in a desperate bid to make a comeback as his presence or chairing the meeting would not technically be considered illegal.