Former BCCI President Shashank Manohar’s skill in negotiating potential hurdles and winning friends was utilised by the BCCI leading to its working committee meeting on Wednesday.

He was specially called to Chennai by the BCCI’s top management to persuade the East Zone units and garner unconditional support for a constitutional amendment that will facilitate doing away with the zonal rotation system for the BCCI president’s post.

According to credible sources, the BCCI will soon convene a special general body meeting to amend its bylaws.

As of now a person fulfilling the criteria (having been an office-bearer and attended two AGMs) from East Zone — Bengal, Tripura, Assam, Bihar, Jharkhand — is eligible to be elected president-designate at the BCCI’s AGM in September 2013 and succeed N. Srinivasan in September, 2014.

Candidates from East Zone who are eligible are Chitrak Mitra, Gautam Dasgupta (both Bengal), Arindam Ganguly (Tripura) and K.P. Kajaria (National Cricket Club, Kolkata).

But, clearly the decision makers in the BCCI feel that all four are weak and instead were keen on nominating high-profile BJP politician and DDCA president Arun Jaitley as president-elect in September, 2013.

The bylaws will most likely be amended for a smooth transfer of power two years later.

It is said that Jagmohan Dalmiya’s excellent rapport with Jaitley would have also come in useful for the safe passage of the amendment.

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