With the Supreme Court putting off the hearing of the Board of Control for Cricket in India versus Cricket Association of Bihar Indian Premier League corruption case and N Srinivasan's return as BCCI president in jeopardy, Board members are mulling to invite former chief Shashank Manohar for a one-year stint as supremo. The 56-year-old Manohar had served as BCCI president from 2008 to 2011.
According to sources, Manohar's name may be discussed during BCCI's AGM in Chennai on September 29. A hard task master and a Sharad Pawar loyalist, Manohar had stayed clear of the recent IPL controversies. His name was apparently discussed as 'caretaker' president after Srinivasan stepped aside in June, but the prominent Nagpur lawyer showed little inclination to return to the BCCI. The caretaker position went to another former BCCI boss, Jagmohan Dalmiya.
The Supreme Court's decision to defer the BCCI case by at least two weeks has upset several calculations. Since he has filed a court affidavit saying that he will only return after the IPL controversy has been solved, Srinivasan's return to the BCCI hotseat in the AGM looks unlikely. It is also learnt that the special general meeting on September 25 may also be put off. This meeting was to discuss the life ban on former IPL boss Lalit Modi.