N. Srinivasan, chief of the Board of Control for Cricket in India, seemed rather unperturbed as he stepped out or his morning walk on Thursday in a grey T shirt and shorts. He has made it clear that he will entertain no demands for his resignation, even as the ranks of those seeking that he quit over the spot-fixing scandal swells by the hour.
There is, sources say, reason for his being sanguine as a storm rages around him. Mr Srinivasan is an elected functionary and to have him removed as BCCI chief, at least three-fourths of the 30 full members - each representing a cricket body - of the board must vote against him. (Also read: Meiyappan and CSK, the three possible outcomes)
That too is not a simple matter of just gathering and asking him to step down. To remove him, at least 10 members have to make a written submission to convene a Special General Meeting of the board. Voting would then take place and even if eight full members are with Srinivasan, he would stay on. As of now, sources say, he has at least 11 members who support him. And at least nine others are reportedly undecided.
This is how the board is currently split:
Pro Srinivasan: 11 bodies - Odisha, Jharkhand, Haryana, J&K, Saurashtra, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Vidarbha, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka.
Anti-Srinivasan: 9 bodies - Assam, Tripura, Delhi, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Baroda, Madhya Pradesh, and Kerala.