Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president N. Srinivasan has been at the receiving end of some stinging criticism in the last couple of months. While he had already raised eyebrows — thanks to his autocratic way of running the Board — all hell broke loose when the spot-fixing scandal broke out in the sixth edition of the IPL. Further trouble was to come when Srinivasan’s son-in-law and Chennai Super Kings team principal Gurunath Meiyappan’s name was exposed in the betting fiasco, leading to the cricket administrator stepping aside from his post.
But all those negative developments were overturned on Tuesday when the Supreme Court allowed Srinivasan to resume his duties as chief of the BCCI. But the wounds afflicted to Srinivasan will take a long time to heal and the BCCI supremo is in no mood to let go of any opportunity to justify himself.
One of the allegations leveled against him was that the two-member probe panel appointed by BCCI, for the IPL spot-fixing case, was controlled by Srinivasan and that meant that it was natural for Meiyappan to be let off.
“You have to understand that I did not get involved in the investigation. When this issue was raked up, I had stepped aside. These two judges (Justice T. Jayarama Chouta and Justice R. Balasubramanian) were appointed by the BCCI after I had stepped aside, I had nothing to do with the committee. I was not the BCCI president then,” Srinivasan told a private TV channel.
“The probe panel was formed by the BCCI working committee when I was not present. I did not even see the report. When I said I stepped aside, I mean I stepped aside completely. I did not have access to the report.”
He added that he had no idea how the probe panel, appointed by the BCCI, came to its conclusion.
“I am not the person to answer the functionality of the probe committee because I was not involved. Ravi Savani was there, two judges were appointed. As far as Sreesanth’s case is concerned, the ACSU is conducting the investigation. I was not involved in the appointment, functioning, probe or how many meetings were held,” he said.
He was also adamant that the Supreme Court ruling that reinstated him as the BCCI chief only vindicated his stand — that he had done nothing wrong.
“Most certainly, I would not have taken up the position if I felt otherwise. And, as I said in the beginning I stand for what I do. If I have done something wrong, yes, my conscience would not permit me. But in this case it was not so that is what I said in the very beginning,” Srinivasan said.
“If this is the road we want to travel, then in a sense we differ (from each other) then. If that is your view, you are entitled to.”
Srinivasan called the likes of Sreesanth and other players who were handed bans by the BCCI for their alleged involvement in the IPL scandal as rotten eggs while terming Meiyappan as a cricket enthusiast.
Asked whether he had sleepless nights in the aftermath of the spot-fixing scandal, Srinivasan said: “No, I sleep well.”
He, however, refused to answer questions on his son-in-law Meiyappan’s involvement in the scandal, saying the matter was sub-judice and it will not be proper on his part to get into a discussion on the issue.
Reproduced from Mail Today. Copyright 2013. MTNPL. All rights reserved.
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