Shashank Manohar for a second term as BCCI president

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The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has called a Special General Meeting (SGM) on October 4 to elect its new president with Nagpur lawyer Shashank Manohar emerging as a “consensus” candidate for Sharad Pawar and Arun Jaitley factions.

Informing reporters about the new development, BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur said the meeting will be held in Mumbai and nominations will be scrutinised on October 3.

“Shashank Manohar is our consensus candidate,” Thakur told reporters, adding that if an election happens, “N Srinivasan can come and vote at the meeting.”

The Supreme Court hearing on Srinivasan’s eligibility to attend a BCCI meeting is slated for October 5. Thakur said Srinivasan cannot attend a BCCI meeting, but he was not barred from casting his vote.

Manohar, who has served as the BCCI president from 2008 to 2011, has agreed for a second term as the board president after refusing to come into picture initially.

Jagmohan Dalmiya’s demise had left the post vacant and most likely the new CAB president and former Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly is likely to propose Manohar’s name for the post.

Manohar is unlikely to face any rival since the Srinivasan faction hardly has enough numbers to counter the former’s candidature.

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