New Delhi: Board Of Control For Cricket In India (BCCI) President N Srinivasan is being asked to step aside unconditional, according to sources in the board. BCCI sources say they will not push for Srinivasan's resignation or impeachment but will ask Srinivasan to step aside till the inquiry into his son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan's involvement in the IPL betting and spot-fixing scandal is over.
Sources also add that there is no consensus yet on who will replace N Srinivasan once he steps aside. According to sources, Shashank Manohar is not willing to be the BCCI interim President.
All eyes are now on the BCCI working committee meeting to be held at 2:30 pm on Sunday in Chennai. Srinivasan is likely to step aside pending an inquiry.
Sources had told CNN-IBN that Srinivasan had laid down two conditions for stepping aside - first, he wants to appoint the new secretary and treasurer and prevent Ajay Shirke and Sanjay Jagdale from coming back on board and Srinivasan is also keen to continue as the BCCI's representative to ICC.
This comes after another jolt to N Srinivasan's diminishing hold over the BCCI came on Saturday with Rajeev Shukla, Chairman of the IPL and one of the voices calling for his resignation as BCCI chief resigning on the eve of the crucal meet in Chennai. "I will not be handling the IPL next season. I have done it for two years and I do not want to do it any more. I have sent my resignation to the BCCI President," Shukla said.
In fact Shukla over the past few days has been part of the trio (rajeev Shukla, Anurag Thakur, Arun Jaitley) that set in motion the intricate gameplan to oust the most powerful man in cricket from his very own board. Shukla's resignation came on the day when the BCCI top brass finally moved in for the kill - persuading the under-fire board chief to call for an Emergent Working Committee meeting in Chennai on Sunday.
With former board bosses like Jagmohan Dalmiya looking to attend the meeting, Sunday could be a very fractious chapter in the history of the BCCI.