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BCCI WC meeting adjourned over Srinivasan’s presence

MUMBAI: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Working Committee on Friday was adjourned sine die over lack of clarity whether former president N Srinivasan was legally allowed to attend the board’s meetings as Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA) representative.

The meeting was adjourned by BCCI president Jagmohan Dalmiya amid high drama at the board’s headquarter in Kolkata.

The BCCI will seek the opinion of the Supreme Court whether Srinivasan could attend the meetings of the BCCI as the authorised representative of TNCA.

The working committee meeting was called to discuss the report of the four-member working group on the roadmap for conducting the next season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) in the wake of the Supreme Court-appointed Justice RM Lodha committee’s decision to suspend Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Rajasthan Royals (RR) for two years.

The IPL Governing Council at its meeting in Kolkata on Thursday decided to float tender for two new teams to maintain the eight team equilibrium for the next two seasons in the wake of Justice RM Lodha committee’s decision to suspend CSK and RR.

“The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Working Committee meeting was adjourned sine die after deciding to seek the opinion of the Supreme Court whether Mr. N. Srinivasan could attend the meetings of the BCCI as the authorised representative of Tamil Nadu Cricket Association,” BCCI Secretary Anurag Thakur said in a brief statement.

Newswire PTI quoting unnamed officials said that Srinivasan placed Justice Sri Krishna’s opinion which said he was entitled to attend the meeting.

Countering Srinivasan’s argument, some BCCI members contended that the Supreme Court had unequivocally stated that Srinivasan cannot attend BCCI meetings.

IPL chairman Rajeev Shukla and BCCI Treasurer Anirudh Chaudhary were among the officials who told Srinivasan not to attend the meeting. However, an adamant Srinivasan stuck to his stand of attending the meeting.

According to PTI, the BCCI has decided to call an emergency working committee meeting in the first week of September to finalise the date of its Annual General Meeting, which is likely to be held in Kolkata on 27 September.