Mumbai:It appears that Sharad Pawar wants to make sure that there are no comebacks for former BCCI president Jagmohan Dalmiya.
The BCCI has not put out in black and white but the agenda for the special general body meeting on August 21st is quite clear. According to sources, the BCCI plans to hold the presidential election this year rather than next year.
There are two reasons for this decision.
Firstly, the Pawar faction currently enjoys the support of as many as 28 of the 30 cricket associations, which means that a Pawar man can take over very easily without facing any hiccups in the elections.
Moreover, the new president will be a president elect for one year on the same lines as the ICC. Therefore, Pawar carries on for a third year as president.
Also, according to an amendment passed last year, all office bearers are guaranteed a 2+1 tenure.
Thus, Dalmiya's plans will all be stymied because if all goes well, then the next BCCI presidential election would be as late as 2011 rather than next year.
By that time Pawar would have moved on to greener pastures since he's slated to become the ICC President in 2010, which would make him the big boss of the 2011 World Cup being staged in the sub-continent.
Clearly this is a masterstroke indeed from the Union Agriculture Minister, and by all indications, he won't have any trouble pushing through his plan and his man, Shashank Manohar - the current vice-president is the unanimous choice.
Meanwhile, none of the state associations are expected to stall this amendment given that all of them were given approximately Rs 25 crore each last year as a development fund.
While, Dalmiya isn't one to give up without a fight, it now seems that he's finally met his match.