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Falling from grace

Falling from grace
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The writing has been on the wall for quite some time now, though N Srinivasan failed to read the message – the undisputed administrative face of Indian cricket has become cricketing world’s enemy number one. As he struggles to hang onto his post as the Chairman of International Cricket Council (ICC), he has to live with the truth that he is a loner,

The Dalmiya-Thakur combination is virtually sounding the death-knell for Srinivasan, who has been accused of ‘snooping’ on BCCI top brass

The writing has been on the wall for quite some time now, though N Srinivasan failed to read the message – the undisputed administrative face of Indian cricket has become cricketing world’s enemy number one. As he struggles to hang onto his post as the Chairman of International Cricket Council (ICC), he has to live with the truth that he is a loner, who has to tide over the storm that is gathering from within the closed doors of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).


Of course, he is a past master, who has earned the reputation of a great survivor having weathered many a storm in his chequered, but hugely controversial, career. One will not be surprised if he does an encore, this time round too, although all his loyalists have deserted him. They see that the Srinivasan aura no longer holds sway in Indian cricket. His own handpicked men are ready to stage a coup that includes having him removed from the august world governing body.


The shocker on a personal level ought to be the U-turn by his trusted ‘lieutenant’ Jagmohan Dalmiya, who has now joined forces with Srinivasan-baiter Anurag Thakur for scripting the climatic scenes. Both are against his continuation as the BCCI representative in ICC. Srinivasan is also power-hungry but his moves were never as far-sighted as those of the incumbent Board chief.


It was Dalmiya whom Srinivasan vested with the BCCI responsibilities when he was asked to step aside till his name was cleared in the IPL VI and conflict of interest issues. The ICC boss must be uttering ‘Et Tu, Jaggu.’ The Dalmiya-Thakur combination is virtually sounding the death-knell for Srinivasan, who has been accused of ‘snooping’ on BCCI top brass. In a way, his fall from grace should not come as a surprise because he dug his own grave with his adamant approach and stubborn power-play tactics.


His downfall began the day an equally ambitious President of ICC deemed that his stature was being lowered when the World Cup was given by the ICC Chairman. To be fair to Srinivasan, one should understand that he is facing a bigger turmoil on the domestic front because of which he is caught in a whirlpool from which he is unable to break free.

His only son has abandoned the family and lives in Mumbai; his only son-in-law has been jailed for IPL fraud; there is a major headache in the form of the holdings of Chennai Super Kings and the stakes of India Cements in it; his estranged brother is in the thick of the IOA muddle. After all, Srinivasan is a human being and is prone to sentiments and acts of omissions and commissions. Perhaps, he needs some good counselling.

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