The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) decided against making N. Srinivasan as India's representative in the International Cricket Council (ICC). The former Indian cricket strongman from Tamil Nadu was being widely tipped to return to the BCCI fold with a role in the world body.
The BCCI decided during its AGM in Mumbai on Wednesday that president Anurag Thakur will continue to represent BCCI in the ICC.Â Sharad Pawar was nominated by the BCCI as the alternate director for ICC meetings. Former BCCI boss Shashank Manohar is the current chairman of the ICC. Meanwhile, Ajay Shirke was elected unopposed as the BCCI Secretary. Shirke was the lone BCCI functionary to file his nomination for the post.Â
Septuagenarian Srinivasan is a former ICC chairman. The BCCI removed him from that position after the Supreme Court asked Srinivasan to step aside from all Board-related activities in the wake of the 2013 IPL match-fixing and betting scandal.
Srinivasan's son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan, who was a team owner of Chennai Super Kings, was charged with betting and has been banned for life. Chennai has also been banned from the IPL for two seasons until 2017.
Ten months ago, Srinivasan's place in the ICC went to Manohar, a former BCCI president from Nagpur.
In recent times, Manohar and BCCI are on different pages. The Indian cricket board is unhappy at some steps taken by Manohar as ICC chairman.
The ICC's plan to remove India's status as a major partner due to its commercial strength has not gone down well with BCCI. Reportedly, Shirke met Srinivasan to discuss a role for him.
But keeping Lodha panel guidelines on age and tenure in mind, the BCCI probably did not take a risk by including the controversial Srinivasan again.
Anurag Thakur will continue to represent BCCI in ICC's Board of Directors. Thakur had earlier hinted he wasn't keen to be on the ICC panel.
(With inputs from Anurag Dwary)