Mumbai - India's powerful cricket board
will meet at the weekend to elect a new president following the death of
Jagmohan Dalmiya, its secretary said on Tuesday.
Anurag Thakur said the Board of Control for
Cricket in India (BCCI) was expected to pick former supremo Shashank Manohar as
its new chief at a special general meeting on Sunday.
"Shashank Manohar is our consensus
candidate," he told local media, in quotes carried by the Press Trust of
Dalmiya, 75, died earlier this month after
falling critically ill with a heart condition.
His death came just months after he
returned to the helm of the faction-ridden BCCI following the toppling of
Narayanaswami Srinivasan, who is now head of the International Cricket Council.
Supporters of Thakur and Srinivasan, who
are bitter rivals, were thought to be gearing up for a battle to lead the BCCI
but Manohar's elevation appears designed to placate both sides and makes an
election contest less likely.
Manohar, a lawyer, previously served as
BCCI chief between 2008 and 2011.
The special meeting is expected to be held