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‘BCCI stopped functioning democratically after CSK got involved in the controversy’

Shirke: Srinivasan is thick-skinned,always puts his interests on top

Written by Shamik Chakrabarty | Kolkata |
June 2, 2013 1:15:16 am

A day after BCCI treasurer Ajay Shirke tendered his resignation,he said he had distanced himself from the organisation because the board had stopped functioning in a democratic manner after the involvement of the president’s son-in-law in the betting scandal came to light. He also called Srinivasan “thick skinned” for not resigning on moral grounds.

“Who knows? It could even end up with Srinivasan nominating a new secretary and treasurer of his choice! The BCCI has stopped functioning as a democratic body ever since Chennai Super Kings and Srinivasan’s son-in-law came under the scanner for the alleged involvement in cricket betting. In fact,Srinivasan has always been democratic,as long as he doesn’t have to compromise with his own interests.” said Shirke.

“What can you expect from such a thick-skinned person? I and Sanjay Jagdale resigned last night,owning up to our moral responsibilities. We thought he (N Srinivasan) would reconsider his stance for the sake of Indian cricket. Far from it. Rather,I heard he has been saying he would never allow us again in the BCCI. I felt the BCCI failed in its job to stand up to the present challenge. So,I stepped down,” Shirke said,speaking to The Sunday Express.

With Shirke staying away from the emergent general body meeting,and IPL chairman Rajiv Shukla,who also resigned from the BCCI on Saturday staying away from it,Srinivasan is under growing pressure to step down,but the former treasurer says Srinivasan still possesses the numbers.

“When three Rajasthan Royals players were arrested he promptly called an emergent working committee meeting,condemned the accused and set up an inquiry commission. But when his own team is involved,he is trying to stonewall everything.” said Shirke. When asked about the authority Srinivasan still commands within the board,he said: “This happens in India. People must have vested interest. I and Jagdale believe his position has become untenable. But 24 members need to feel that way to remove him. Some people are still openly supporting him,” Shirke said.

When asked why he had remained silent when he was a part of Srinivasan’s press conference announcing unity within the BCCI,he said: “It was not the right forum. It was a press conference and my protest would have put Indian cricket in a bad light. Also,no one asked me anything. I decided not to shoot from the hip.”

Won’t hold a BCCI post again: Jagdale

Indore: A day after resigning from the post of BCCI secretary in the wake of IPL spot-fixing scandal,Sanjay Jagdale on Saturday ruled out the possibility of holding a board administrator’s post in the future.

“I am not even looking at the possibility of coming back into the BCCI fold. I think I am done with my innings,” Jagdale told reporters here.

The 62-year-old BCCI official,along with treasurer Ajay Shirke,quit on Friday in a bid to put pressure on beleaguered board president N Srinivasan.

Jagdale said a “massive” clean-up job was required to rid the game of corruption. “The spot-fixing and betting scandal in the IPL has badly dented the image of cricket. A massive clean-up job is required to overcome this. But this will take time as the damage done is very big.

“It is very difficult to stop fixing in cricket and the BCCI has its own limitations. But the the board can strengthen its surveillance and curb the menace of fixing. At the same time,the BCCI will have to take strict action against cricketers who are found guilty.”

Jagdale said he would no longer be a part of the three-man inquiry commission set up by the BCCI to look into the allegations against Srinivasan’s son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan,who was arrested on charges of betting in IPL. “I don’t want to be a part of it because I am not comfortable with the idea. I am not directly related to IPL,and only those who have been part of this IPL organisation should be kept in this inquiry commission.” PTI

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