Under pressure to resign from his position as Board of Control for Cricket in India president, N. Srinivasan was in "great spirit" at a lavish dinner party thrown by former Board chief and the Cricket Association of Bengal boss, Jagmohan Dalmiya on Saturday night. According to several sources who attended the party at the posh Taj Bengal hotel, Srinivasan showed no signs of anxiety and was in great mood as gallons of at least two premium brands of Scotch whiskey flowed. (Read: Gurunath suspended by BCCI)
Except BCCI vice-president Arun Jaitley, almost all top BCCI members attended the party, a customary event ahead of any big tournament finale. The Indian Premier League championship final between Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai India will be played at the Eden Gardens tonight. The dinner party started at 8 PM and ended close to mid-night. Srinivasan stayed throughout, enjoying his drinks with his closest Board allies. (Watch: Srinivasan remains defiant)
"He is in very aggressive mood. He is very confident of his position and has told insiders that the move to topple him is being taken by a powerful national-level minister from Maharashtra," revealed a very senior BCCI functionary, who refused to be identified. Srinivasan is going to address the media at 4 PM on Sunday and is expected to "lash out" against a particular TV channel, that has taken up the cudgels on behalf of a political heavyweight, who is well known in international cricket circles, said the BCCI source.