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BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel confirmed that Srinivasan would continue with his ICC-related engagements.

Kolkata |
Updated: March 29, 2014 12:25:51 pm
On the day the SC asked him to step down, N Srinivasan visited a temple in Chennai. (PTI) On the day the SC asked him to step down, N Srinivasan visited a temple in Chennai. (PTI)

The Supreme Court verdict may have asked N Srinivasan to step down from the presidency of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), but the organisation’s secretary Sanjay Patel confirmed that Srinivasan would continue with his ICC-related engagements.

“Yes he will be going for ICC meetings. We want him to attend ICC meets, its because of his hard work in the past few months that BCCI has been strengthen in world cricket. Even the court has not objected to Srinivasan attending the ICC meet. He will just have to step aside and will not be part of Indian board day to day functions,” said Patel.

MS Dhoni, whom the Supreme Court had said may have down-played the role of Gurunath Meiyappan in the Chennai Super Kings outfit, has more or less been cleared by the apex court and Patel said he has asked the captain to concentrate on the on-going World T20 tournament in Bangladesh.

“We are upset with the way Dhoni’s name has been used. An allegation was made which they couldn’t substantiate with proof. So the court disallowed it. Dhoni never lied to the commission and our lawyer to argued on it. Indian team is currently in Dhaka playing T20 World Cup and with such allegations it doesn’t send right message,” Patel said.

Team to focus on Wt20

“I have spoken to him (Dhoni) on Thursday and on Friday afternoon also. We have told him to concentrate on India’s games. We have important matches coming up and the Indian team has been doing very well and we don’t want them to get distract.”

Patel also said that employees of India Cements who are also currently part of the BCCI will be asked to choose between the two organisations so as to avoid a conflict of interest. “We have agreed to all proposal of Supreme Court. Indian Cements employ will have to choose between BCCI and the company. As I said we all are a law abiding body and will follow all directives of the Supreme Court,” said Patel. A decision on the fate of Sundar Raman, who is currently the CEO of IPL, is also in the offing.

Patel also said that the board will use the court verdict to push on and correct its course. “The process is on. We’ve taken some (corrective) measures and will take more as we go on,” he said.

While most former players and pundits were appreciative of the Supreme Court verdict, former BCCI treasurer Ajay Shirke believed the interim order was a “mild one” and it gave Srinivasan another lifeline. He also said that this was a missed opportunity for BCCI to clean up its act.

“Yes definitely (Srinivasan has been given a lifeline) because earlier the SC had made strong observations and compared to those observations this order I would say is a very mild one,” he said. “What I would like to see going forward is that BCCI really getting their act together and clean up cricket.”

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