The race for the next BCCI president is gaining momentum and the internal dynamics of the BCCI are changing every hour making the power game very complex. According to latest reports the former BCCI president Shashank Manohar has now emerged as front-runner for the vacant position of India’s cricket chief.
Maratha strongman Sharad Pawar, and Union finance Minister and a major voice of the BCCI in tricky situations Arun Jaitley, are reportedly believed “to have arrived at a consensus over Manohar as the agreeable candidate, and an official announcement to that effect is expected within 48 hours.” Pawar has often lauded Manohar for his administrative acumen . Manohar is also a confidante of the Maratha stalwart.
The development comes after BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur and some other top officials belonging to Sharad Pawar faction had a meeting with Union Finance Minister Jaitley to find a consensus candidate for the President’s post following the death of Jagmohan Dalmiya.
Thakur, along with Manohar and former treasurer Ajay Shirke, reportedly met Jaitley at his residence and discussed the way forward to break the leadership stalemate.With the news of a possible alliance between former BCCI presidents and known foes Sharad Pawar and N Srinivasan gaining momentum, the Thakur faction have also started back channel talks with key members of the Pawar faction.
This new twist to the tale regarding Manohar’s emergence will put a spanner in the works of Srinivasan and his loyalists as Manohar is firmly believed to be opposed to the current ICC Chairman’s presence in BCCI.
In fact Manohar and Shirke, two of the most vocal members of the anti N Srinivasan faction, flew to Delhi to not only meet Jaitley but also hold discussions with other key BCCI officials.
Manohar is a no -nonsense man and one of the most credible voice in the BCCI . He has been hailed as the man who could lead Indian cricket out of the crisis it finds itself mired in, in the aftermath of the IPL 2013 fixing scam. Manohar who has been very vocal of a total clean-up of the IPL, and also asked for Srinivasan to step down after his son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan was arrested in the IPL betting and spot-fixing scam.