The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has postponed its annual elections until no later than January 31 following a directive from the country’s Supreme Court.
It is the third time that the elections, originally slated for September 30 this year, have been postponed as the hearings continue into alleged corruption in the 2013 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) Twenty20 competition, with the BCCI informing the court that it would be unable to hold elections until the proceedings were completed.
BCCI president, and International Cricket Council (ICC) chairman, N Srinivasan is implicated in the case and is currently sidelined from his duties at the head of the governing body as a result. The case also focuses on former Chennai Super Kings official Gurunath Meiyappan and Rajasthan Royals co-owner Raj Kundra and could extend into the new year.
On the previous two occasions the BCCI postponed the elections it did so unilaterally but the organisation’s counsel CA Sundaram deemed it “appropriate” to go through the court on this occasion as the Registrar of Societies was given information on the last postponement.
Meanwhile, Srinivasan’s counsel Kapil Sibal gave an undertaking that his client would not attend any IPL governing council meetings or discussions related to the league at BCCI general council meetings if he is re-elected, at least until Indian cricket agreed upon procedures with which to rule on conflicts of interest.
Srinivasan was last month found not guilty of betting or match fixing offences by an investigation into the corruption scandal in the 2013 edition of the IPL. However, the report from the Justice Mudgal Committee did name Srinivasan along four other BCCI officials as knowing about a player violating the league’s code of conduct and electing not to take action.