After the demise of BCCI president Jagmohan Dalmiya on September 20 in Kolkata, the coveted post has been left vacant. The BCCI will hold a Special General Meeting (SGM) on 4 October to decide on Dalmiya's successor. However, it might just be a formality, with former BCCI president, Shashank Manohar, set to return for a second tenure as the consensus candidate.
Manohar's name only needs to be proposed and seconded by East Zone, who has the sole right of nominating the president for the BCCI at present.
If there is a prospect of an election, N Srinivasan has the option of voting in the SGM, but will not be allowed to attend the meet on Sunday as the former BCCI president is expected to attend a hearing on 5 October, regarding his eligibility of attending any BCCI meet, from which he is currently barred.
"Shashank Manohar is our consensus candidate," BCCI secretary Thakur told media, "N Srinivasan can come and vote at the SGM". N Srinivasan had reportedly met Pawar of late but nothing positive came out of it.
There were a number of names, including IPL chairman Rajiv Shukla and Jharkhand Cricket Association president Amitabh Chaudhary, which had done the rounds for the post of BCCI president.
An all-important meeting took place recently between Sharad Pawar, Anurag Thakur and Arun Jaitley, after which Manohar reportedly emerged as the unanimous choice. Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA) president Ajay Shirke also declared Manohar as their choice.
Manohar is one of the most respected administrators in the BCCi and has a very clean image, which seems to be the big need of the hour especially after Indian cricket, primarily IPL, being shrouded with controversies.
Ever since the IPL scandal broke, Manohar has criticised N Srinivasan. Manohar, who is a no-nonsense administrator, also played an important role in removing Lalit Modi from the IPL.