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    Srinivasan to take over BCCI reins

    In a smooth transfer of power N Srinivasan will replace Shashank Manohar.

    Mumbai: In a smooth transfer of power, N Srinivasan will take over the reins of BCCI from incumbent President Shashank Manohar at the cricket board's 82nd Annual General Meeting here on Monday.

    Srinivasan, who was elected as the secretary of BCCI under Manohar in September 2008 and earlier was the treasurer of the board under Sharad Pawar, got anointed as the next chief of the cash-rich body at the 81st AGM last September.

    The Chennai-based businessman, who is also the President of the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association, will become the 30th President of BCCI and the second since the system of choosing the head one year in advance was introduced.

    Srinivasan's ascent to the BCCI throne has coincided with the slide in fortunes of the injury-ravaged Indian team, which conquered the world by winning the coveted World Cup at the beginning of April before being whitewashed by England in the Test rubber to lose the world No. 1 ranking.

    The 0-3 defeat in the ODI rubber coupled with the Test series humiliation means the team went winless in international engagements in all three formats in England, which also included a one-off T20 game against the hosts.

    The first priority for the new BCCI president will be to put the team back on track and the measures to do so are expected to be discussed at the AGM.

    The general body will also pass the annual accounts and report and constitute 23 different committees, including the Working Committee and the Senior Selection Panel.

    The election of various office bearers is another important part of the agenda of the meeting.

    Meanwhile, current joint secretary Sanjay Jagdale will officially take over as Secretary at the AGM on Monday.

    Jagdale became the lone nominee for the secretary's post after pipping hot favourite Ranjib Biswal from Orissa.

    While Biswal, who is a Srinivasan aide, was tipped to take over the mantle, his candidature faced strong opposition from the eastern units.

    "The Cricket Association of Bengal, Assam Cricket Association and Jharkhand State Cricket Association strongly objected to Biswal being projected as the secretary. In fact JSCA president Amitabh Chaudhry was the choice by eastern states. There was so much of disharmony that Jagdale turned out to be a compromise candidate," a BCCI official informed.

    However, Biswal rubbished claims that all the eastern state units were against him and also reports that he wanted to fight Jagdale.

    "Only Jharkhand was against me but CAB and Assam Cricket Association was never against my candidature. Also I had no intentions to fight an election against Jagdale," he told PTI.

    But overall, it appears to be a smooth transfer of power with Chennai-based business tycoon Srinivasan, the vice-chairman and MD of India Cements, which owns Chennai Super Kings, taking over the reins of the cash-awash board from Manohar.

    "Srinivasan is a capable administrator," Rajiv Shukla told reporters on Sunday.

    Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association boss Anurag Thakur will become the joint secretary, while Maharashtra Cricket Association secretary and Sharad Pawar confidante Ajay Shirke will be the treasurer.

    Rajiv Shukla is set to become the new IPL chairman.

    The Senior Selection Panel, headed by Krishnamachari Srikkanth, is expected to remain unchanged except for the replacement of Yashpal Sharma, who has been in it for four years, by another North Zone representative.

    "The selection panel would be unchanged except for Yashpal. The others have one year left (to complete their terms)," informed a board source.

    The other members of the Senior Panel are Narendra Hirwani, Raja Venkat and Surendra Bhave.

    A formal approval of the general body will also be taken to appoint a permanent manager for the Indian squad, as per the agenda of the meeting.

    The junior selection panel, headed by Abey Kuruvilla of West Zone, would also remain unchanged as none of the five members have completed their terms, sources indicated.

    The other members of the current junior panel, whose priority would be to pick the team for the forthcoming Under-19 World Cup, are Arun Sharma (North), Vanka Pratap (South), Rajib Debbarman (East) and Group Capt D D Deshpande (Central).