After having ruled out that he is in the race to become BCCI president again, Maratha stalwart and NCP supremo sprang a surprise by deciding to contest BCCI president elections in 2015. According to media reports the MCA president and former BCCI president from 2005 to 2008 and ICC president from 2010 to 2012 is keen to return at the helm of the BCCI. The heavyweight Pawar’s probable return could well mean curtains for N Srinivasan. Few days back reacting to the Supreme Court’s verdict that N Srinivasan can’t contest BCCI polls till he gives up commercial interest in CSK, former BCCI chief Sharad Pawar had reportedly said, “I am happy that Srinivasan is out.”
The BCCI elections had already been postponed twice due to the IPL betting and spot-fixing scandal hearing in the Supreme Court. However, on January 22, the Supreme Court had ordered that BCCI elections should be held within the next six weeks.
The SC had also stated that sidelined BCCI president N Srinivasan could not contest elections as long as he was involved in a “conflict of interest” situation as an owner of IPL franchise Chennai Super Kings (CSK).
Ever since the IPL- spot fixing scandal broke and BCCI president in exile N Srinivasan coming under scathing attack, Pawar despite denying maintained a close watch on the happenings of the BCCI. And there have been numerous calls from various quarters urging him to take over the reins of BCCI.