A fierce back-room 'battle' among East Zone representatives on Saturday and Sunday morning was the backdrop to Ranjib Biswal pipping former Indian Test star Gundappa Viswanath and Haryana Cricket Association's Anirudh Chaudhary to the high-profile Indian Premier League chairman's position. Biswal is a former under-19 India captain and a well-known face in cricketing circles having been the manager of the senior national team for several seasons now. (BCCI AGM updates)
Son of former Orissa deputy chief minister, the late Basant Kumar Biswal, the 43-year-old Ranjib is also the president of the Orissa Cricket Association and is a close confidant of Board of Control for Cricket in India president N. Srinivasan. According to sources, Biswal was 'rewarded' with the IPL post after the BCCI's treasurer position went to Chaudhary, son of former BCCI president Ranbir Singh Mahendra.
It was a hectic day of lobbying for 'positions' on Saturday and Sunday morning. Srinivasan played his cards very well considering the fact that it will be East Zone's turn to nominate a presidential candidate in 2014. After knocking out Sudhir Dabir and Niranjan Shah as vice-presidents, Srinivasan had two coveted positions to offer to his well-wishers. The IPL chairman's post was one of them. With the Supreme Court expected to decide Srinivasan's BCCI future on Monday, the Tamil Nadu strongman was keen to have his "inner circle" holding key positions. Biswal was all set to be the treasurer but equations changed dramatically.