N. Srinivasan may be under pressure from the Supreme Court due to the IPL spot-fixing and betting scandal, but the common consensus is that the BCCI's president-in-exile enjoys the backing of the Board. While that may have been true a few months ago, the long drawn out battle in the apex court seems to have taken its toll on the richest sports body in India, with a few members unhappy at Srinivasan's efforts to control the working of the Board to suit his personal interests.
A former secretary of the BCCI, on condition of anonymity, told NDTV, "True we are BCCI members, but even during the last meeting in November, Mr Srinivasan was calling the shots despite Supreme Court barring from doing so. No idea how he continued to control things while Shivlal (Yadav) remained the proxy president. But that is how BCCI has been running." (IPL Scam: Top 10 developments)
Another BCCI official from a southern state said, "Someone has to be blind not to notice Srinivasan's involvement in BCCI matters."
In 2012 the BCCI, led by N. Srinivasan had amended the Constitution to allow him to become the president once again, something that hasn't gone down too well with other members. "No Constitution has been followed in the last one year. All this wait is for Mr Srinivasan to become the president. It is quite shameful how things have come to a complete standstill in the BCCI," a former BCCI president told NDTV.
Officially, Shivlal Yadav may be the man heading the BCCI, but rumour has it that BCCI's remote control lies in Chennai, with Mr N Srinivasan. Another BCCI official, from a unit which had guaranteed Srinivasan its vote in the AGM, told NDTV, "As far as we are concerned, all orders for running the BCCI come from Chennai. The fact that Srinivasan is in control can be understood from all Board meetings taking place in Chennai. When Mr Dalmiya was the president, he would organise them in Kolkata. When Srinivasan was the president, he would hold them in Chennai. And even when he ceased to be the president, the meetings were still held in Chennai."
The Supreme Court's delay in delivering a judgment has meant that the BCCI AGM, which was originally scheduled for September 30, 2014, will have to be postponed for the third time. While Mr Srinivasan eagerly waits to know his fate, others in the BCCI want elections; a democratic process that will help normalcy return. Most want Srinivasan to go, but even his critics do not think that there is a real alternative to the Chennai 'Super King'.