What Makes N Srinivasan, The Man That Was BCCI President ?

What Makes N Srinivasan, The Man That Was BCCI President ?

  • RaviJ
  • September 15, 2014
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Srinivasan was born in a Pillai Kshatriya family and is the son of T. S. Narayanaswami who was one of the first employees of India Cements. He is married to Chitra Srinivasan and the couple have two children Rupa and Ashwin. He was introduced to cricket administration by former BCCI president A. C. Muthiah. He was the Secretary of the BCCI before becoming the current President before taking over from Shashank Manohar in 2011. His company India Cements owns Indian Premier League franchise team Chennai Super Kings and he is the president of the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association. Srinivasan is also the President of the Tamil Nadu Golf Federation and the All India Chess Federation.

Before entering into cricket Srinivasan took over as vice-chairman and managing director of India Cements Limited in 1989. He made a hostile takeover bid to Andhra Pradesh based Raasi Cements in 90’s and merged with India Cements. Later he made a bid for Yerraguntla plant of the public sector Cement Corporation of India (CCI) and annexed it to India Cements.

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The former BCCI chief N Srinivasan is on fire since last year for the spot fixing and betting scandal that hit the 2013 edition of IPL. Delhi Police initially arrested three Rajasthan Royals cricketers S. Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan in a midnight raid in Mumbai. Later Mumbai police unearthed betting links after they arrested Gurunath Meiyappan son-in-law of former BCCI chief N Srinivasan and Bollywood actor Vindu Dara Singh.

Srinivasan is currently barred from functioning as the BCCI president because of the ongoing probe. Senior advocate Kapil Sibal had pleaded the court to reveal whether there was anything against him in Mudgal panel’s interim report so that he could resume the charge of the BCCI president if nothing had been found against him. However the Supreme Court rejected the BCCI’s plea to reinstate its ousted president N Srinivasan saying he would have to wait for a clean chit from the IPL 2013 corruption probe panel. BCCI’s plea was that Srinivasan should be allowed to discharge his function as the AGM is expected to take place at the end of this month and his signature is needed for clearing the annual account of the board.

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Even though the Supreme Court has assigned Shivlal Yadav as the BCCI’s interim president it was evident from the recent informal meeting that was organized recently that Srinivasan is still the boss. He hosted the informal gathering of his supporters in Chennai where a majority of the affiliated units were present. There were about 21 state associations present including all six East Zone units. Srinivasan has become the chairman of the International Cricket Council un deterred by the ongoing probe on him.

It will be interesting to know how this man grew from being an industrialist owning a cement company to the BCCI president and is the owner of an IPL team. He is one of the main investors in several of Jaganmohan Reddy’s suitcase companies and is a subject of investigation in the Rs. 3000 crore corruption case. His India Cements has invested more than a hundred crores in Jagan’s Bharti Cement and in return got favours granted while Jagan’s father Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy was the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh between 2004 and 2009. The CBI is of the opinion that Srinivasan’s company India Cements has allegedly invested Rs.140 crore into Jaganmohan’s businesses in return for the benefits it received from the then government. No surprises that the government had a major hand in making him what he is now and he continues to play the role of BCCI president against the court’s decision.

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Srinivasan will complete three years as BCCI president this month and is keen to contest again. While pledging their support to Srinivasan officials of the state associations present gave their consent to the plan to enable him to fight election for the top BCCI post again. The presence of Jay Shah who is Gujarat Cricket Association joint secretary and son of BJP chief Amit Shah raises all the eyebrows if Srinivasan is having any political backup. They have always supported him even when Modi was the president of GCA earlier. Once you are in power you would like to continue it for the fruits that it bears for you. Same is the case with Srinivasan. Being the president for the committee he has seen and experienced what he can do while being in power and hence is very eager to come back as the president.

After the meeting they concluded with a plan to convene a meeting of the working committee on September 26 and postpone the annual general meeting. The AGM as per the BCCI constitution should be held by September 30. But since the Supreme Court has barred Srinivasan from managing BCCI affairs while it hears the 2013 IPL fixing case he can’t contest the election and postponing the meeting seems to be the best option.

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The main intention behind the informal meeting was to make it clear to everyone that Srinivasan has all the support and those who opposed him were not invited. Among those who were either not invited or did not attend despite being invited were Mumbai, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Saurashtra, and Vidarbha. Five of the six South Zone units which include the Srinivasan headed Tamil Nadu Cricket Association were present though there was a question mark over the Goa Cricket Association. The only South Zone unit absent was Hyderabad which had its AGM on Sunday and India player Arshad Ayub-led panel swept the election hence Ayub is new president.

People who are close to Srinivasan and want him to see him reelected as the BCCI president want the Annual General Meeting to be postponed as the elections are scheduled on that day. On the other hand people against him are threatening to approach the Supreme Court if the meeting is deferred. However the final report of the probe by the panel headed by retired justice Mudgal will come only in the month of November when the truth will be out if Srinivasan is given a clean chit or is accused in the match fixing case.