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New BCCI president to be named soon. 5 times former BCCI chiefs courted controversy

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 10 February 2017, 1:49 IST

The post of the BCCI president is widely considered to be the most powerful and influential in not just Indian cricket, but in world cricket.

The money and resources possessed by the BCCI, along with an almost religious following of the game in India go a long way in impacting the working of the the International Cricket Council.

However, the people who have occupied the post in the past have found themselves in the eye of the storm with respect to various controversies time and time again.

And with Anurag Thakur looking set to be elected the new president of the BCCI in two days time, we take a look back at the major controversies that five former presidents of the BCCI faced.

Sunil Gavaskar

Sunil Gavaskar was the BCCI president for an interim period in 2014 during the IPL. The circumstances in which he took over presidency were controversial enough, as he was named president by the Supreme Court of India when it was revealed that senior members of the BCCI had a conflict of interest by holding their posts as well as being associated to India Cements owned Chennai Super Kings.

However, Gavaskar was soon relieved from his duties after the IPL and his departure left a sour taste in the mouth, as he was forced to demand a Rs. 1.9 crore compensation as the amount he had to forego by not being involved in his role as a TV pundit and commentator during the tournament. Gavaskar had to write an official letter to the board demanding the same, when it was actually assumed he would be given the amount as per Supreme Court directives.

Shashank Manohar

Shashank Manohar is perceived to be one of the most ethical presidents of the BCCI. But the BCCI is a place of ample politics and blame games - with the media being a close observer of the details, murky or otherwise.

Manohar has been reprimanded by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) for foreign exchange violations in the IPL in South Africa in 2009. Manohar's legal counsel was prompt enough to clear his name by informing the Bombay High Court of informal reprimands to the then IPL Commissioner Lalit Modi.

Manohar is currently the president of the BCCI and the poster boy for the sanitation of cricket from the evils brought on by the spot fixing scandal.

N Srinivasan

The word controversy in the scope of the BCCI is most relatable to none other than N Srinivasan.

BCCI regulations state that any administrator of BCCI may not be directly or indirectly involved in any commercial interest in the events conducted by the cricket board. The clause was amended at the start of the IPL in 2008, and Srinivasan became the owner of the Chennai Super Kings Franchise. The case for conflict of interest is still pending against Srinivasan on this issue is still pending in the Supreme Court of India.

Srinivasan's son-in-law, Gurunath Meiyyappan was involved in the massive spot fixing scandal of IPL 2013.

Apart from this, In a gross expression of power, the then BCCI President handed over the World Cup Trophy to Australia whilst ICC Chief Mustafa Kamal was supposed to hand over the trophy and was miffed by Srinivasan comments before the final due to which Kamal vowed to expose those behind this "mischievousness".

Apart from cricket related controversy, Srinivasan's India Cements is also involved in a Rs 3000 crore corruption case in conjunction with Jagan Mohan Reddy and his late farther YSR Reddy who was Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh before him.

Jagmohan Dalmiya

Jagmohan Dalmiya served as the president of the BCCI between 2001 and 2004, and for interim periods in 2013 and 2015.

He passed away while in office in 2015. Indian cricket was hit by its biggest match fixing scandal in 2001, and Dalmiya's businesses were raided after the BCCI faced a CBI enquiry. His past deals were also investigated. A few players were banned while some officials got off more lightly than expected. But the incident has since left a big question mark over the integrity of the sport in India.

Sharad Pawar

Sharad Pawar served as the president of the BCCI from 2005 to 2008, but went on to be associated with the board in different capacities post 2008 as well.

In 2010, when Pawar was a Union Minister, Shiv Sena MLA Subhash Desai alleged that it was the involvement of Sharad Pawar with the BCCI which influenced the the decision to exempt the IPL from entertainment taxes.

However, in August 2010, the Bombay High Court said that there was "nothing on record" to show that he influenced the Maharshtra Government's decision to exempt IPL matches from entertainment tax.

First published: 19 May 2016, 11:50 IST