Sanjay Patel may stay on as BCCI secretary, question mark over Ravi Savant

Last Updated: Fri, Sep 27, 2013 15:09 hrs

Chennai: While he remains determined to hold onto to his hot seat, under-fire N Srinivasan is mulling over making some changes in his team as he gears up for a stormy third year in office as the BCCI president.

While Srinivasan is all set to file his nomination as the BCCI president for a third term and has already got a proposer and a seconder from the South Zone, there are chances that he might make some changes among the executive functionaries.

While interim secretary Sanjay Patel may get a full term, there is a big question mark over whether Mumbai Cricket Association president Ravi Savant would continue as the treasurer.

As of now there are some indications that Srinivasan might go in for a new treasurer who would replace Savant.

"Srinivasan is very satisfied in the manner Sanjay (Patel) has performed his duties as the secretary. The Baroda-based businessman has helped Srinivasan in a critical time and also openly supported Srinivasan on all forums. Therefore the president thinks that he (Patel) deserves to be rewarded.''

''However there is a distinct possibility that Ravi Savant might have to relinquish his position as treasurer," a senior BCCI official who is currently in Chennai for the AGM told PTI over phone.

Asked about the names doing the rounds as possible replacement, the official said, "There is a chance that it will be someone from the south zone which has helped Srini control the BCCI. So it won't be surprising if someone from South Zone gets treasurer's post."

Andhra Cricket Association secretary Gokaraju Gangaraju, Kerala CA's TC Mathew's name is also doing the rounds.

Srinivasan also has a lot of backing from the East Zone and so someone from that region might also emerge as dark horse.

While no one wants to come on record, there is a school of thought in the BCCI that Savant might not be able to stop union minister Sharad Pawar from making a comeback in the Mumbai Cricket Association - one of the most influential units which holds a lot of clout in BCCI politics.

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