Calcutta: It's not official, but the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is moving towards doing away with its presidency being rotated on a zonal basis.
According to a top source of The Telegraph, the issue was deliberated at length during Wednesday's working committee meeting in Chennai.
"Everything hasn't been worked out, but the idea is to allow the most eligible candidate, irrespective of his zone, to become the BCCI president," the source revealed late in the day.
However, the candidate will have to be proposed and seconded by affiliates from the zone whose turn it would normally be to claim the presidency by rotation.
The "most eligible candidate" may, of course, still come from the zone having the first claim to the presidency under the existing system.
Also, one learns that the post of president-elect will be done away with.
Apparently, a committee has been constituted informally by the BCCI and it has 15 days to put the proposed change in black and white, so that it can be circulated ahead of a special general body meeting to amend the constitution.
"Wednesday's discussion has to be carried forward," the top source said.
If approved, the change would be effective from 2014, when (by rotation) it is East's turn to have one of its men as the president. Incumbent Narayanswamy Srinivasan's term ends that year.
The buzz, meanwhile, is that BJP stalwart Arun Jaitley (North) has the best chance to become the BCCI's first 'neutral' president.
So, interesting times are ahead, not just on the field, where Indian cricket is concerned.