BCCI power game: Rival turned friend N Srinivasan meets Maratha strongman Sharad Pawar

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N Srinivasan and Sharad Pawar
N Srinivasan and Sharad Pawar

The intense leadership battle in the BCCI after Jagmohan Dalmiya’s demise has taken a dramatic new twist with known rivals and former Board chiefs N Srinivasan and Sharad Pawar burying the hatchet  and holding a surprise meeting in Nagpur.

Current ICC President Srinivasan, who has been at loggerheads with Pawar for a long time, is learnt to have met the Maratha strongman for a couple of hours at former Central Minister and NCP leader, Praful Patel’s residence.

Pawar is currently on a tour to drought hit Vidarbha. Although the details of what exactly transpired in the meeting are not known, it is learnt that the current leadership vacuum in the Board was on the agenda.

Srinivasan, who had arrived in Nagpur by a special flight, is expected to meet his loyalists in the Board, in Bangaluru . It is learnt that around 8 to 9 units will be meeting the ICC chairman to discuss the roadmap ahead of the Special General Body meeting and possibly shortlist a candidate to replace Dalmiya, who passed away after a massive aheart attack. His death has sparked off an intense battle to control the richest cricket Board in the world.

There is a possibility that Amitabh Chaudhary, who has emerged as one of the presidential candidates from the East Zone will be in attendance along with the majority of the South units as well as some of the eastern units.

Srinivasan and Pawar’s meeting is one of the most surprising developments  in recent times in the battle for BCCI president’s post so far. The Maratha strongman and former BCCI and ICC president Pawar was among the first to raise his voice against Srinivasan after his son-in-law was implicated in the IPL spot-fixing and betting scandal. Srinivasan had to eventually step aside as BCCI chief after being chided by the Supreme Court.

The unlikely  coming together of the wily administrator from Chennai and the Maratha stalwart has once again proved that there are no permanent enemies in BCCI and equations changes very fast.

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