Kirti Azad says BCCI should call for a general body meet before taking final descision

New Delhi, May 30 (ANI): Former Indian cricketer, Kirti Azad said that the BCCI should call for a general body meeting and then take a final decision, rather 'blowing smoke in the air'.

"Why don't they, if they are that eager for the resignation of Mr. Srinivasan, why doesn't somebody, BCCI has lot of money, why doesn't somebody sign a resolution, pay air ticket to whichever person they want to send and let him take signatures from nine to 10 people and ask for a general body meeting. What is wrong with it? That is if they are sincere about the entire affair, but they are not sincere about the entire affair. We keep on listening to people's comments, may of them we hear indirectly, so I feel that they should come out, after all cricket is losing its credibility," said Azad.

President of BCCI Srinivasan has been in the eye of the storm ever since Meiyappan's name floated into the cricket scam but has blatantly refused to step down from his position despite growing chorus for him to quit and ensure transparent probe.

Former secretary of the BCCI, Jayant Lele, said that Srinivasan should step down on moral grounds.

"I think he should resign, he has no other option. The cricket control board should make such a law that if the name of any players comes in any such controversy, he should be banned for life. Even if that player gets acquitted in court that ban should stay. This is the only way BCCI can control spot fixing or match fixing," said Lele.

His comments come in the wake of Chairman of Indian Premier League (IPL) Rajeev Shukla on Wednesday calling for transparent probe in the ongoing cricket scam, advising Srinivasan to 'stay away' from the investigations.

The IPL Governing Council appointed a three-member commission of inquiry on Tuesday (May 28) that will look into the charges against Meiyappan, formerly Team Principal of Chennai Super Kings, as well as the three Rajasthan Royals cricketers who have been arrested for alleged spot-fixing.

The commission would comprise of two former High Court judges Justice T Jayaram Chouta and Justice R Balasubramanian along with BCCI secretary Sanjay Jagdale.

Recently, three players, including India's international player Shanthakumaran Sreesanth, and nearly a dozen of bookies were arrested on suspicion of spot fixing in the Indian Premier League matches.

BCCI president, Srinivasan is at the epicentre of controversy after the scam engulfed his son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan and the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of an IPL team, Chennai Super Kings.

Secretary of the Tripura cricket association, Arindam Ganguly said that before asking Srinivasan to resign, we should wait for the probe to finish.

"What I know is that probe is going on. BCCI has formed one commission and police is also investigating it separately, so until and unless the probe is finished and the findings come out, I should not say that A is guilty and B is not guilty, so wisely we should wait for the result of the probe," said Ganguly.

Meiyappan was arrested after being questioned for hours by Mumbai Police probing illegal betting on the money-spinning and glamorous Twenty20 league of the country.

Ever since, Gurunath was nabbed, there were clamours in the local media of politicians and cricket fans demanding the resignation of BCCI chief, N Srinivasan.

Earlier on Tuesday, a designated court in Mumbai had extended Bollywood actor, Vindu Dara Singh's custody till May 31, arrested in connection with spot fixing.

Reportedly, it was Vindoo's revelation during the interrogation that led to the arrest of Gurunath.

Legal sports betting in India are confined to horse racing, while illegal gambling syndicates thrive in the absence of a law dealing specifically with such corruption in sport.

Media estimates put the amount gambled on India's top Twenty20 competition at 427 million in 2009. (ANI)

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