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BCCI likely to call emergency meeting ahead of Bangladesh tour

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is likely to call an emergency meeting within a week to consider the imbroglio surrounding the Indian team’s Bangladesh tour in June. This follows Bangladesh’s Mustafa Kamal quitting the ICC and blaming its chairman, N, Srinivasan for his exit, a media report in Dhaka said on Thursday.

A top BCCI official was quoted as saying Kamal’s tirade against Srinivasan is perhaps forcing the Indian board to meet and discuss the situation, reported. Kamal quit Wednesday as the ICC president protesting against not being allowed to present the World Cup trophy on March 29, terming this a “flagrant violation” of the world body’s constitution.

Srinivasan was the erstwhile BCCI president till a Supreme Court judgement forced him to relinquish his post on the basis of several wrongdoings surrounding the “conflict of interest” between his role in the board and also being co-owner of Indan Premier league (IPL) franchise Chennai Super Kings.

BCCI chief Jagmohan Dalmiya has refused to comment on the Kamal issue.

The official, on condition of anonymity, said Srinivasan’s supporters in the BCCI are trying to force the emergency meeting.

“They may try to push BCCI to cancel the June tour of Bangladesh because Srinivasan is BCCI’s representative in ICC and Kamal’s tirade against him, they may argue, is now a national issue,” he said.

“But Srinivasan has large number of opponents in the BCCI who will stoutly oppose such plans, arguing that Kamal’s tirade against Srinivasan is a personal issue and BCCI cannot afford to create a diplomatic row,” the BCCI official added.

He said that if BCCI cancelled the tour of Bangladesh, Kamal will surely get his government to take up the issue with Delhi.

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