It won't be too long now before N Srinivasan goes from being the "stepped aside" chief of the BCCI to back in the job full time, With the probe panel handing out clean chits and the police charge-sheets yet to be filed, there is little standing in his way.
Srinivasan is maintaining a stoic silence but he is well aware that the stage is being readied for his re-coronation as the boss of the Indian cricket board. It is now almost certain that Srinivasan will head the board's Working Committee meeting in Delhi on Friday, signalling a formal comeback.
Indications are that the IPL Governing Council that will meet on Friday ahead of the Working Committee will endorse the report of the probe panel. Action might be taken against Gurunath Meiyappan though sources say he will be carefully described as a mere shareholder, ensuring Chennai Super Kings face no sanction.
Though Srinivasan is sitting pretty, the findings and procedure of the probe panel continue to be questioned. More details emerged on Monday from Mumbai Police sources on its refusal to depose in front of the panel.
The panel asked an investigating officer from the Mumbai police to depose before it on the 7th of July at a Bangalore hotel. Two days earlier the Joint Commissioner Crime of Mumbai Police sent the board a letter asking under what provision of the law should the officer depose? This letter went unanswered by the board, leading to the panel clearing Meiyappan of any suspicions of fixing.
Both Justices T Jayaram Chouta and R Balasubramanian, who formed the probe panel, refused to comment on its contents despite requests from CNN-IBN. But despite the confusion and cynicism, it appears there is little to stop things from returning to business as usual in the BCCI very soon.