In a severe blow to BCCI President N. Srinivasan,two senior Board officials, Secretary Sanjay Jagdale and Treasurer Ajay Shirke,today quit piling more pressure on him to step down on a day he convened a Working Committee meeting and information spilled out that the ICC warned his son-in-law to keep away from bookies at the start of IPL.
It was a day of dramatic developments when Jagdale,Shirke and Joint Secretary Anurag Thakur called Srinivasan and asked him to announce convening of an immediate meeting of the Working Committee by evening failing which they threatened to quit.
But it was another matter that even as Srinivasan initiated the process of calling such a meeting on probably June 8,the two office-bearers announced their decision to quit in what is seen as a pressure tactics to ensure the Board Chief’s ouster.
However,both of them declined to ask Srinivasan to quit,saying it was his individual decision.
Buckling under relentless pressure on him to quit,Srinivasan decided to convene the meeting of the Board’s all-powerful working committee to discuss the current crisis arising out of betting and spot-fixing in IPL.
Significantly,the Working Committee at best could only pile more pressure on Srinivasan to quit as it had no powers to vote him out,which only a Special General Body meeting consisting of members of all the state associations can do.