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“Not yet” is what the ICC boss will say, if this question is posed directly to him.
Mr. N Srinivasan is from the club of people whose motto of success is “Never say die” and such is his lust for power that he will find out a lacuna or two in the present judgment of Supreme Court to stick to his beloved seat of “BCCI Boss”.
Damn the game! It was never about the game or love of game.
It was always about being at the top of his own personal game of being at the top of a governing body, which controls the affairs of cricket.
Mr. Srinivasan’s story is full of turns and twists. The president of India Cements, a multi-million dollar company’s ascend to the top of BCCI has not been without controversies.
He has been witty, smart and ruthless in his journey.
The obstacles (mere mortals) have been manipulated in the power game through promises of posts, and other means. Those not willing to toe the line were shown the door mercilessly.
Here is a quick look at how the rules were bent under Srinivasan.
Srinivasan was the BCCI secretary when IPL was planned by Lalit Modi (a friend turned foe). Srini saw the opportunity of this turning into a big league and approached the boss Sharad Pawar to manipulate the rule.
Forget all the criticism Pawar has for Srini today. There was a time Srini and Pawar were in good terms and such was his influence, a new clause was added to allow the BCCI members to have their own teams.
The partners in crime, Lalit Modi and Sri went ahead and got stakes in Rajasthan Royals and Chennai Super kings (directly or indirectly).
At a later stage, Srinivasan as the BCCI chief went on to compensate Chennai Super Kings crores of rupees in some tournament. The irony is this was the same guy sitting at both sides of table, as a receiver and giver. Plainly speaking, Mr. Srinivasan took the money from BCCI and gave it to himself :).
Now how convenient is this.
Anyways the BCCI was a different unit under Srinivasan. From top to bottom, the organization was/is full of men, who would not dare raise a voice against the boss.
To increase his clout, Srini went ahead and got dhoni as a VP in India Cements. I have nothing against Dhoni and still believe, he is one of the finest player to have captained India but there is always a question which creeps in out of his closeness to the BCCI Chief on why was he given such a long run as a test captain?
Now how the story took a bad turn for BCCI chief is another interesting story.
The problem started when few innocuous looking calls were traced as betting calls. Few men were caught and a betting nexus in between players and betters was discovered.
The IPL turned out to be a big tamasha with lot of dirt being swept blindly under the carpet.
One arrest led to another and finally we had a series of skeletons trembling out of the closet.
Mr. Srinivisan’s son-in-law, a cricket enthusiast was caught talking cricket and explaining matches to his match fixer buddies.
Never to give up, The BCCI chief in his unmatched style got a committee setup to bring the guilty to justice.
Can you imagine a father in law acting against his Son in law?
I have watched enough Hindi movies to understand this delicate relation . As expected, the committee just found Mr. Gurunath as a cricket enthusiast innocently discussing monopoly game on the phone.
Had it not been for CAB chief Mr. Verma (whose association was barred from BCCI, since he did not toe the line), the game would have gone on with all the corruption and ill dealings running along.
With the BCCI elections approaching, Srinivasan thought of prolonging his BCCI career by manipulating another rule and he did get the rule manipulated thereby making him a representative of east zone. This time east zone was to nominate a BCCI president and Mr. Srinivasan was the nomination.
Yay!!! Game Over.
This is the best bohemie between East and South after a long time.
The northies were the veil party now. Punjab Cricket association and Cricket Association of Bihar were the badies trying to get the south versus north battle inside cricket J.
Time has come for Srinivasan to hang his shoes and make way for someone (not from his camp) else or he can see “Cricket Enthusiasts” like me and million more lose interest in the game and shift to hockey, kabbadi, badminton, soccer or anything that is not controlled by him or India Cements.
I hope the Jugaads to stick to the seat are over and there is some respite for the “Cricket crazy turned Cricket sick” public.