New Delhi: The BCCI has called a Special General Meeting (SGM) on October 4 to elect its new President with Nagpur lawyer Shashank Manohar emerging as a “consensus” candidate.
Apprising media of the development, BCCI Secretary Anurag Thakur said the meeting will be held in Mumbai and scrutiny of the nominations will be done on October 3. Shashank Manohar is our consensus candidate,” Thakur told media at the sidelines of the T20 warm-up game between South Africa and India A, adding that if an election happens, “N Srinivasan can come and vote at the SGM”. The Supreme Court hearing on Srinivasan’s eligibility on attending BCCI meeting is slated for October 5. Thakur said Srinivasan can not attend the meeting but he was not barred from casting his vote.
Manohar, who has served as BCCI President from 2008 to 2011, has agreed for a second innings as BCCI chief after initially refusing to come into picture. Jagmohan Dalmiya’s demise left the post vacant and most likely the new CAB President and former Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly is likely to propose Manohar’s name for the post. Manohar is unlikely to face any rival since the Srinivasan faction hardly has numbers to counter the former’s candidature. Manohar has backing from Sharad Pawar Thakur factions, who control about 20 votes out of 29.