The all-powerful working committee meeting of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) will take place here on Friday to discuss about deferring the Annual General Meeting (AGM) and a longer tenure for team director Ravi Shastri, who in all likelihood would be requested to guide India till next year's World Cup.
There are two meetings scheduled to be held in president-in-exile, N Srinivasan's hometown.
First the finance committee will meet for one last time to clear the annual accounts and other financial transactions. Then the working committee will be meeting in the afternoon where the decision to defer the AGM will be unanimously taken until Mukul Mudgal Probe Committee's final report on IPL spot-fixing and betting is submitted in the Supreme Court in the first week of November.
The decision to defer the AGM will be in the interest of Srinivasan, who is in running to retain the post of the president and is currently debarred from discharging his duties as the head of BCCI due to court verdict.
Srinivasan is supposed to be nominated and seconded by two east zone states -- Odisha and Jharkhand -- being the two likely units which is headed by his loyalists Ranjib Biswal and Amitabh Chaudhary. Even Assam CA, CAB, NCC and Tripura CA are not going to swim against the tide at this moment.
With the Tamil Nadu strongman enjoying a two-third majority among the affiliated units of the board, the majority would want to wait till the Supreme Court gives its final verdict on Mudgal committee report.
The rival faction led by Vidarbha lawyer Shashank Manohar doesn't have the numbers to support its claim. Also with Manohar not ready to throw his hat in the ring, there aren't too many names in the fray at the moment as far as rivals are concerned. (Also Read: Shastri, Fletcher to Table Reports)
While the BCCI constitution states that the AGM is supposed to be held in September every year, the BCCI will be sighting extraordinary circumstances of president not being there to sign the Annual Report and other necessary documents.
While there remains ambiguity as to whether interim-president Shivlal Yadav can be an authorised signatory, the former off-spinner will tread a cautious path of deferring the AGM. (Read: Court Boots Out Sanjay Patel From Home Association)