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Spot-Fixing: IPL chief Rajiv Shukla too quits,BCCI will meet on Sunday

Shukla resigned on Saturday evening,becoming the third top official of the BCCI to step down.

Written by Shamik Chakrabarty | Kolkata |
June 1, 2013 7:29:28 pm

IPL chairman Rajiv Shukla resigned on Saturday evening,becoming the third top official of the cricket board to step down in the past 24 hours.

The focus — and pressure — will now firmly be on the beleaguered president of the BCCI,N. Srinivasan,when the working committee of the board meets for an “emergent meeting” in Chennai on Sunday afternoon. Related: Srinivasan begins to run out of partners in BCCI

Following the resignations of secretary Sanjay Jagdale and treasurer Ajay Shirke on Friday and Shukla on Saturday,the position of the president,whose son-in-law and Chennai Super Kings team principal Gurunath Meiyappan is under arrest for alleged betting,is increasingly growing untenable in the eyes of a number of state association officials.

“I have decided to quit as IPL chairman. It is a decision which I was pondering over for some time. Sanjay Jagdale and Ajay Shirke resigned in the best interests of Indian cricket and I thought this is the right time,” Shukla said. Related: N Srinivasan on way out? Major development soon,says Arun Jaitley

The working committee,which is meeting on Sunday,does not have the power to bring a no-confidence motion against the president. Srinivasan,it is learnt,may consider stepping down from his post until the BCCI-appointed commission to probe the spot-fixing and betting scandal submits its report.

“There is nothing in the BCCI constitution called temporary or ad hoc resignation. Either he (Srinivasan) will go,or he will stay,” Punjab Cricket Association secretary and former BCCI joint secretary MP Pandove said.

However,another top BCCI official said that as this was a “unique situation” Srinivasan might step aside,but only after naming a secretary and president of his choice. “Srinivasan can also nominate an interim president of his choice. And if he also names a secretary and treasurer of his choice then he will have his men in key positions. But we have to wait and watch,” the official said.

Shirke,however,said he did not expect the president to go. “I don’t think anything major will happen tomorrow. Maybe he (Srinivasan) has called this meeting to appoint a new secretary and treasurer. Someone as thick-skinned as him is unlikely to own up to his moral responsibility. Indian cricket is in crisis and you don’t need to call an emergent working committee meeting to tender your resignation if you really care. He has called this meeting to figure out his support,” Shirke told The Sunday Express.

The working committee does,however,have the power to call a special general body meeting (SGM) if at least 10 members put forward a memorandum demanding the president’s ouster. A three-fourths majority will be required to pass the resolution at the SGM. It is learnt that certain state associations backed by former BCCI president Sharad Pawar is intent on creating a situation that would force Srinivasan to quit.

Cricket Association of Bengal president Jagmohan Dalmiya said,“I think the IPL should be suspended for a year and that will allow us to clean up the mess. The crisis will not be solved only by Srinivasan’s resignation.”

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