CHENNAI: With the Supreme Court on Friday clearing the decks for the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA) elections, the legacy of N Srinivasan is set to continue in the association. According to sources, the club representatives want Srinivasan’s daughter Rupa Gurunath to take over as the new TNCA president.
If Rupa takes over as the new TNCA boss, she will be the first woman to become the president of a state association of the BCCI. As of now, Rupa is unlikely to face any challenge with no names being floated from any other camp.
It was learnt that in an informal meeting of the TNCA top brass and the club representatives that took place some time back, Rupa’s name was floated. The club representatives want the legacy of Srinivasan to continue and that’s why they insisted that the India Cements whole-time director takes over at the state association.
“Even though she is a newcomer to cricket politics, Rupa is extremely hands-on when it comes to cement business. She is a chip off the old block and we believe she will be up for the challenge,” a source close to the developments told TOI.
It was learnt that Rupa’s name is likely to be announced on Monday in the Executive Committee meeting of TNCA. If all goes according to plan, she will file her nomination on Tuesday.
Even though Rupa, wife of former CSK owner Gurunath Meiyappan who had to quit due to spot-fixing allegations, has not directly been part of cricket administration, she is not an absolute unknown quantity in the cricket circles. “Rupa knows the BCCI bigwigs very well and given her track record as a top boss of India Cements, she will be quite a force in the new scheme of things. And the fact that the TNCA old guard will be there to help her, it shouldn’t be a problem for her to run the ship,” the source added.
But when asked whether the decision to promote Rupa for the top job would go down well with the seniors in the association, the TNCA top-brass made it clear that “she will only become the president if the members want it”. “Nothing will be imposed upon members. If Rupa becomes TNCA chief, it will be because the members want it,” a source said.
While there’s a sigh of relief among most members that the elections are going to take place, the TNCA brass was also happy with the fact that the Supreme Court has allowed the association to have an extra assistant secretary. “We wanted an assistant secretary who can take care of the 30 districts. We are happy that the Supreme Court has listened to our request,” a senior member said.
The Supreme Court has also told that TNCA can ask the Amicus Curae for a slight delay of the state body elections which are scheduled on September 28. “It’s just eight days and we will weigh the situation before taking a call on that,” the source added. Former India leg-spinner Laxman Sivaramakrishnan, meanwhile, could be in fray for the TNCA secretary’s post.