BCCI officials meet two days before Thursday’s Annual General Meeting to devise strategies

first_imgTwo days before the scheduled AGM of the Indian cricket Board , officials from its state associations started converging in Mumbai on Tuesday to devise strategies to ensure a big say in decision-making for the 2012-13 season.The annual general meeting ‘s (AGM) timing itself is interesting as very unusually it is to start at “12.05 pm”, as per the agenda circulated among the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) members.But those who know BCCI president N Srinivasan are not surprised as they emphasised that he is extremely superstitious and must have fixed the time after consulting astrologers.Last year too, Srinivasan had scheduled a working committee meeting for 12.05 pm, but later changed it to 2.30 pm on the same day, August 15. “This time, however, there’s no change so far,” said a BCCI official.There will be no election for the top officer bearers’ posts. The agenda is the usual one for the AGM, but there’s a lot of interest in the meeting as the national senior selection committee will be overhauled besides a few likely changes in the junior panel.Although the BCCI now handpicks the selectors, if there are influential officials in the fives zones they can have a say. The Board started paying selectors for the last few years, and each member of the senior panel now receives Rs 40 lakh annually and a junior selector Rs 20 lakh. This is besides the incidental and dearness allowances for attending selection committee meetings and other privileges like five-star accommodation and transport.At least four of the five members of the senior selection panel will be changed as they have completed their terms while the fifth one, north zone representative Mohinder Amarnath, could also be replaced if some associations in the zone are given a choice.Former India Test openers Chetan Chauhan and Vikram Rathour of Punjab are Delhi’s and Punjab’s choices to replace Amarnath, but the gutsy batsman is believed to have Srinivasan’s vote.There’s, however, one certainty: there’ll be a new committee chairman, whether it’s Amarnath (if he stays) or Roger Binny, who is said to be a front runner from south zone, replacing outgoing head K. Srikkanth.From east zone, a new member would replace CR Vekataraman and there are at least four names doing the rounds-former India pacer Debasish Mohanty, Arup Bhattacharya, Devang Gandhi and ex-India wicket-keeper Deep Dasgupta. A final decision on the east zone representative will be taken on Wednesday when the six associations from that zone have their own meeting in the evening.The other aspirants are Abey Kuruvilla (west) and Mumbaibased Sunil Chaturvedi and Gyanendra Pandey (central).Another interesting development relates to the Uttar Pradesh Cricket Association (UPCA).While Rajeev Shukla, one of UPCA’s directors and chairman of the IPL governing council, is certain to be present at the BCCI headquarters at the Wankhede Stadium, Yadupati Singhania, a UPCA patron and son of chief patron-cum-president Gaur Hari Singhania, has also shown his interest in attending the meeting.Sources say that since Gaur Hari, now 77, has not been keeping well, he is keen to “introduce” his son to the BCCI so that he could continue the family legacy in state cricket.Yadupati is managing director and CEO of JK Cement, a business house that has patronised Uttar Pradesh cricket for many years. The UPCA AGM is scheduled for Saturday and, sources said, Yadupati could assume a bigger role during the meeting.advertisementlast_img