MUMBAI: It's that time of the year again when fresh red carpets are rolled out in the corridors of the BCCI to welcome newly-elected officials and committees on board. The annual general meeting (AGM) of the board is scheduled to begin on Saturday and continue till Monday.
"Expect a lot of changes, and many surprises too," say board members. Most of the likely changes have been talked about already -- new selectors, a new executive committee and sub-committees. As far as surprises go, they're going to be in plenty with BCCI sounding keen to wake up to the call for more professionalism.
The surprises first. IPL boss Sundar Raman, who also heads the Champions League T20, is in for more responsibilities. Raman, a trusted aide of BCCI president-elect N Srinivasan, is likely to be given a top post in the board on salary basis. He will also be given the space to form his own team.
In effect, Raman will be the new chief executive and it is not known yet if his climb up the ladder will affect the status of current chief administrative officer Ratnakar Shetty.
This AGM also happens to be a send-off for current president Shashank Manohar. Before he walks out of the board's office one last time for now, Manohar is expected to put a lot of stringent rules in place as far as development of the game is concerned. The National Cricket Academy, the zonal academies, coaching staff, support staff, injury management -- all of it will be looked into.
"Given the current state of affairs, cricket has automatically assumed greater importance than anything else," says an official.
As for the changes, Krishnamachari Srikkanth is on his way out as chairman of selectors and will be replaced by former teammate and an equally experienced hand from south, Roger Binny.
Meanwhile, East Zone -- which last saw a secretary being nominated from that region almost a decade ago -- can expect former Orissa captain Ranjib Biswal to take over the coveted post. The only administrator still lobbying for the same post is former secretary from West Zone, Niranjan Shah, but he may find the road a bit tricky this time.
Ajay Shirke, president of Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA) and a senior administrator in the board's scheme of things, may also finally get his due. Shirke is set to take over the treasurer's post from Punjab Cricket Association's (PCA) MP Pandove.
As reported by TOI, the post of chairman of BCCI's IPL sub-committee has already been handed over to Rajeev Shukla, currently the minister of state for parliamentary affairs. The AGM, therefore, might not be such a dull affair after all.