Mumbai Report : If you are to trust a top BCCI official then IPL chairman Rajeev Shukla is “way ahead of others” in the race to be the next BCCI president, albeit on an interim basis.
With the passing away of the veteran administrator Jagmohan Dalmiya, on Sunday, the post has become vacant. The BCCI is ought to call a Special General Meeting (SGM) in order to take a call on the issue. The new president will need a proposer and seconder from the East Zone, whose turn it is to field the BCCI chief.
On Tuesday, the official told According to the constitution, this will be a by-election, which means you only need a proposer.” It is believed by many that Mumbai Cricket Association head Sharad Pawar to be the other prime contender for the post, but according to this official who is close to the Maratha strongman, the former BCCI and ICC chief may have already quit the race since the master mind in this game, Arun Jaitley’s (finance minister in the central government) favourite is Shukla.
No efforts shown by Pawar, to push for presidency. Even now, he is found visiting some rural areas of Maharashtra, when he is required to lobby for the position. In addition to that, it is known to him that Jaitley, who has got the final say on the matter, has affinity towards Shukla than to him. Therefore, unless people approach him to contest the election, he’s very unlikely to do so.
“Basically, the ruling party (BJP) will have a major influence on this issue, which is why Jaitley holds the key. Shukla is an amiable, clean man, who is acceptable to all factions in the BCCI. He was interested in becoming the BCCI president even in the last election, but was left fighting for the vice-president’s post,which he lost,” the official said.
Shukla, interestingly, is a Congress MP. In case he does become the president, the BCCI may have to name a new IPL chairman, though.
He also played down the claims of those belonging to N Srinivasan’s camp, that the ICC president controlled at least 10 votes, and therefore could be the ‘king-maker.’ “He claimed he had 26 votes before the last election. We all saw what happened,” he said.