Sharad Pawar is likely to support some non-politically aligned person as well © Getty Images
Sharad Pawar is likely to support some non-politically aligned person as well © Getty Images

The possibility of Sharad Pawar and his camp taking control of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) have increased as Pawar recently met Indian prime minister Narendra Modi, informing him that he will not be supporting N Srinivasan or his ‘cronies’ for the top job in the Indian cricket governing body. READ: Sharad Pawar could contest BCCI presidential election on March 2

Pawar, according to the Times of India, made it clear to Modi that even though he is not interested in the presidency of the BCCI, he is also not going to allow N Srinivasan’s attempt of controlling the cricket governing body by appointing Sanjay Patel — the incumbent BCCI secretary — as the president. READ: Sharad Pawar receives Aditya Verma’s support ahead of BCCI elections

Pawar is reported to have told the Indian prime minister that he is ready to support ‘any candidate’ but Srinivasan or Patel. The report added that Pawar is also ready to comply with non-political person for the post and at the same time, someone who may also be sharing good equations with both his Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and the Bhartiya Janata Party. “He is also willing to back any BJP candidate with whom he might share a good rapport,” a source said. READ: Sharad Pawar emerges key player in BCCI elections with N Srinivasan’s fate in doubt

There is also a possibility that Pawar, in case of a consensus, may stand for the BCCI presidency as he is ‘deeply unhappy’ with the present state of the Indian cricket administration. The present scenario in the BCCI is quite interesting: both the camps — pro Srinivasan and those against him — have equal number of votes and those who are not in favour are expected to win through the support from institutional bodies such as Combined Universities, Railways and Services. The BCCI elections are set to take place on March 2 and the last date for filing nominations is March 1.