Chennai, Sep 7:
The Indian cricket board, at an informal meeting here Sunday, postponed its Annual General Meeting (AGM) scheduled for later this month and said the future course of action will be decided at the working committee meeting slated for Sep 26.
The AGM and the subsequent elections of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) were slated by the end of this month as ousted chief N. Srinivasan’s term for a third year in office expires Sep 29. To call an AGM, the working committee needs to give a notice of 14 days.
“We had no other option but to postpone the AGM. We have decided to call the working committee meeting on Sep 26. In the working committee, it would be decided what will be done. We have to take into account all the legal opinions before deciding on the AGM and the elections,” a top BCCI official told IANS.
The official said the BCCI is buying time to see if the Mukul Mudgal Committee submits an interim report before Sep 26 since the Supreme Court had asked the probe committee to consider if it was possible for it to look into individual cases of alleged wrongdoing by any office bearer.
“The Supreme Court had requested the probe commission if it could submit a report on the office bearer involved. So we are waiting if the probe commission comes out with any report before Sep 26. If not, then we will have to take other steps,” the official added.
The BCCI is also mulling approaching the Registrar of Societies seeking a three-month extension for convening its Annual General Meeting (AGM), in a move apparently aimed at facilitating Srinivasan’s bid to recontest the presidential post in the election which otherwise is generally held in September-end. Srinivasan has also been elected as the International Cricket Council (ICC) chairman.
The BCCI is being forced to postpone the elections after the Supreme Court Sep 1 ignored pleas to reinstate Srinivasan as its president. It also gave two more months to the Mukul Mudgal Committee to submit the final report in the spot-fixing and betting scandal in the 2013 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). The scam involved 13 people, including some prominent cricketers.