high & dry
amit shah’s absence costs him presidentship
Cricket is no longer a gentleman’s game. It has always been about the money but that has been exposed only recently. The Supreme Court of India has delivered a historic judgment; it has restrained N Srinivasan from contesting the election of the BCCI due to a conflict of interests. The BCCI is such a fat milch cow that Srinivasan does not want to loosen his grip on it, even if he has to shelve his IPL franchise, Chennai Super Kings. Clearly, BCCI politics is becoming murkier by the day. Sources have disclosed that the government is keeping a watch on the activities of the BCCI. The new BCCI president has to be elected in six weeks. If Srinivasan is not able to control BCCI himself, his group is planning to have its pawn as President. As the Congress regime has gone, things are not as simple for Srinivasan now. The cricket fort is held by Arun Jaitley, Vice President of BCCI, and Amit Shah, President of the Gujarat Cricket Association. Jaitley, being the Finance Minister, is loaded with work and is not the obvious choice for BCCI president. Shah is competent to hold the post and he would have contested and won but fate does not support him all the time. Being the President of the BJP, he has a very hectic schedule and seldom attends the BCCI board meetings. To become BCCI president there is a rule that the contestant should have attended a predecided number of meetings. Shah is short of attendance and is out of the race. It will be interesting to see who luck favours as the chief of this cash-rich sports body.