Pawar play: N Srinivasan comes calling, may back Pawar as BCCI president if he contests

N Srinivasan and Sharad Pawar : Foes turn allies
Former BCCI presidents N Srinivasan and Sharad Pawar : Foes turn allies

Former BCCI , ICC and current MCA president Sharad Pawar has said that former BCCI president and current ICC chairman N Srinivasan had told him in their meeting that he was not in the race for the post of the Board president.

Admitting that Srinivasan met him, Pawar said , “We could not meet in Kolkata during Jagmohan Dalmiya’s funeral as I left Kolkata early and he arrived a little late. So he decided to meet me in Nagpur during my visit here. “Srinivasan felt that the present atmosphere at the BCCI was not good and it (an election) will create more bitterness and therefore it would be in the interest of the BCCI not to hold a contest,” Pawar said.

Dalmiya’s death has created vacancy at the top at BCCI. But Srinivasan (who is still the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association chief) told him that he was not interested in occupying the post, said Pawar. The two agreed in the meeting that unanimous selection of the new president would be desirable, he added.

Srinivasan, who had to quit the post of BCCI president over ‘conflict of interest’ issue, flew in here last night by a special flight and met Pawar who is on a tour of Vidarbha region to meet the kin of the deceased farmers who committed suicide. Srinivasan according to reports is likely to support Pawar in case Pawar throws his hat in the ring.  He also clarified that he has absolutely no problems with Shashank Manohar.

The former BCCI and ICC president and current MCA president Pawar is weighing all options. Pawar according to reports will throw his hat into the ring only when he is assured of the numbers backing him. So the race for the BCCI top job has really heated up and indicating the ever changing dynamics within the BCCI .


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