The Supreme Court yesterday said a person, who is “ineligible” to become an office bearer in the BCCI and state cricket associations, cannot be nominated to take part in the ICC meeting scheduled on April 24. These strong lines effectively rule out former BCCI president N Srinivasan’s attempt to return to the ICC .
“How can a man, who is not eligible to contest, be nominated to represent the BCCI? What you cannot do directly, you cannot do indirectly,” a bench headed by Justice Dipak Misra, AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud said, noting that how can it allow violation of its order. The observations came when the counsel for the apex court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) sought hearing on the plea seeking clarification on whether persons, who are rendered ineligible to hold posts in cricket bodies as per the July 18, 2016 judgement, can be nominated as BCCI representative to take part in the ICC meeting.
“The man who is disqualified stands disqualified…There is a cap of 70 years given by this court. It is difficult to comprehend that a man who is not eligible goes to the ICC to represent the BCCI. We do not want violation of our orders,” the bench said.
According to PTI news report, the bench, however, has fixed the plea of the CoA, headed by former comptroller and auditor general (CAG) Vinod Rai, on the issue for hearing on April 17.
However, Srinivasan is not an unanimous choice with a section of BCCI wanting to propose former India captain Sourav Ganguly’s name.It is understood that the former India captain, who is now head of the Cricket Association of Bengal, has been lobbying for the post and seems to be gathering the support of a few members. Though it is not clear how many in the current BCCI set up are with Ganguly, indications are that a few members are backing his case as there is no alternative candidate to replace the might of Srinivasan. “It’s too early to say whether Ganguly can get the numbers, but it’s true that some in the old guard are ready to support him,” a senior board functionary told Express on Monday.
Meanwhile, awaiting the Supreme Court verdict on eligibility for attending ICC meetings, the BCCI yesterday decided to defer its SGM from April 12 to April 18.