When the working committee of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) conducts its emergent meeting in New Delhi on Monday (June 10) morning, Raj Kundra, co-owner of Rajasthan Royals, is likely to feature prominently in the discussions.
When the BCCI working committee last met, on June 2 in Chennai, the outcomes were dramatic. N Srinivasan, defiant in his stance that he would not resign as BCCI president, had to step aside from his position for the duration of the investigations into spot fixing in the Indian Premier League and alleged misdemeanours on the part of M Gurunath, Srinivasan's son-in-law and erstwhile Team Principal of Chennai Super Kings.
Jagmohan Dalmiya was appointed to "look into the day-to-day affairs of the BCCI" in Srinivasan's absence. And it was Dalmiya who called the latest meeting of the working committee in the wake of fresh developments in the ongoing scandal - Kundra's alleged confession to betting on IPL matches including those featuring the team he co-owns.
According to the IPL franchise agreement, a team can be terminated in the event of any of the owners bringing the game into disrepute. Royals, soon after the news about Kundra came out, issued a clarification saying that Kundra was only a "minority shareholder" and played no role in the running of the franchise. Raghu Iyer, Rajasthan Royals CEO, also said, "If, however, he (Kundra) is proven guilty, or has breached any regulations, he will be suspended, and he will also forfeit his shares."
The BCCI has not yet taken a stance on Kundra, though in the case of Gurunath, it issued a statement on May 26 - two days after he was arrested by Mumbai Police - suspending Gurunath from "any involvement in the sport of cricket" pending the outcome of the investigations.
The appointment of Sanjay Patel, who is the joint secretary of the Baroda Cricket Association, as the new BCCI secretary following Sanjay Jagdale's resignation is also expected to be ratified at the meeting. Discussions are also expected on a replacement for Ajay Shirke, who resigned as BCCI treasurer on May 31, the same day as Jagdale.