New Delhi: In less than a week from now the BCCI will meet in Chennai to elect a new president and indications are that despite all recent upheavals, N Srinivasan will stay on in the job for another year.
The voluminous Mumbai Police chargesheet that on Saturday sent shockwaves through the cricket fraternity, former CSK team principal Gurunath Meiyappan charged with using his privileged position to allegedly bet against his own team and also pass on vital inside information to bookies. But far from being perturbed, the man who appointed Meiyappan to the top job in CSK, was a picture of confidence.
"If he [Meiyappan] is chargesheeted, he will face it, how does it bother me," N Srinivasan said when asked about how he is affected after his son-in-law, Meiyappan, charged by Mumbai Police in its chargesheet.
Srinivasan also encountered another legal hurdle when the Patiala Court order stayed the Special General Body meeting scheduled for Wednesday. It was at this meeting that Srinivasan's bitter foe Lalit Modi was expected to be handed a life ban.
But untroubled by these setbacks, Srinivasan appears to be on a strong wicket in the battle to stay on as BCCI president at the Annual General Meeting next Sunday.
A presidential hopeful will need one proposer and one seconder from South Zone whose turn it is to decide the president. CNN-IBN learns that Srinivasan has the allegiance of five of the six South Associations.
Kerala, Andhra, Karnataka, Hyderabad and TNCA are believed to have endorsed his nomination in separate combinations. Only Goa is yet to show its hand, though it is believed to be just a matter of time before it joins forces with the embattled board chief.
CNN-IBN has also learnt that the move to get former board boss Shashank Manohar to take on Srinivasan isn't going anywhere, with the ex-BCCI chief yet to respond to the frantic SOS calls from the anti-Srinivasan camp.
But there are more headaches for Srinivasan to encounter in days to come. The future of two-time IPL champions Chennai Super Kings, the team owned by his company India Cements, remains a subject of hot debate as per the BCCI's own rule-book, if any team owner brings disrepute to the league and game, the team faces termination of its contract. The disclosures in the Mumbai Police chargesheet point in that direction.
But a week is a long time in Indian cricket administration. Be it the emergence of a challenger to his throne, or an uprising in the Board, as of now the possibility of Srinivasan being stopped from staying on as BCCI president is as much as stopping a rampaging MSD in the slog overs .