Muthiah's come back bid adds controversy to TNCA polls

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Chennai, June 28 (UNI) In a sudden and intriguing move, former president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA) A C Muthiah is making a bid to stage a comeback to the TNCA, contesting for the post of President in the elections at the Annual General Body meeting here tomorrow.

In what would be a 'battle for power' between two leading industrialists-cum-sports administrators in the State, Mr Muthiah of the SPIC group, who was replaced as TNCA President by Mr N Srinivasan of India Cements six years ago, is hoping to unseat the latter.

Explaining the rationale behind his bid for power in TNCA again, Mr Muthiah told newspersons recently that the functionaning of the Association was going awry under the 'Srinivasan regime'.

He claimed that his decision was in response to persuasion by others associated with the development of cricket in Tamil Nadu.

''In the last six years, elections to TNCA have been more symbolic than democratic and challenging,'' he added.

He said this year it had turned out to be full fledged, with candidates for all the posts, except those reserved for the District Associtions, nominated.

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