N Srinivasan, who was barred from his post as chief of the Indian cricket board over corruption in the Indian Premier League, has become the chairman of the International Cricket Council or ICC. Srinivasan's rise to the top cricket post comes months after he was suspended by the Supreme Court as the president of the BCCI or Board for Control of Cricket in India.
Controversial changes to the ICC that handed the majority of the powers and revenue to cricket's "big three" - India, Australia and England - facilitated his ascension to the newly created post. Srinivasan and his committee will now control revenue share among member nations. BCCI is expected to be the biggest beneficiary followed by England and Australia. Srinivasan will also have a say on ICC governance and that will also give cricket's big boys the flexibility to pick and choose the teams they want to play with.
The 69-year-old industrialist, seen as the most powerful man in world cricket, was among 13 people named in a damning report into corruption allegations in the Indian Premier League. The IPL Twenty20 competition has been caught in allegations of illegal betting and spot-fixing, including against Mr Srinivasan's son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan.