Corruption in the IPL May 29, 2013

MCA president supports Srinivasan's stand

ESPNcricinfo staff

Ravi Sawant, the president of the Mumbai Cricket Association, has said that N Srinivasan, the BCCI president, would be assumed guilty if he resigned now since he did not resign the day Gurunath Meiyappan, his son-of-law, was arrested. Sawant also said that although the issue of conflict of interest in Srinivasan's case was a valid one, raising it six years after the start of the IPL by some BCCI members was opportunistic.

"Today, if he [Srinivasan] resigns, people will straightaway accuse him of being guilty and that is the reason he is not resigning," Sawant told NDTV. "He is saying, 'I will prove there is nothing against me personally.'"

Sawant added that any person shouldn't be holding two conflicting positions, but the BCCI made an exception when they allowed Srinivasan to hold his position in the board while being the managing director of India Cements, the owners of the Chennai Super Kings franchise. To bring up the issue now, Sawant said, was not correct.

"The rules were already in place. First time when buying a franchise, all the rules were applicable," he said. "That time, he was not the BCCI president. He has gone from treasurer to secretary to president. So someone should have voiced their concerns, because these rules were made to prevent certain things to happen. You are now saying those rules were there and there is a conflict of interest and he should resign. To my mind, we should retrospectively think about it, why didn't we object to his buying a franchise."

"If you are supporting the decision of him buying a team, now to make an issue out of it is not correct. All these people speaking against him now are holding positions in the board, and they have worked with him. How can you raise an issue now?"

The president of the Hyderabad Cricket Association, G Vinod, said since Srinivasan was an elected president and did not intend to resign, the matter should be taken up at a working committee meeting so that all board members can discuss their positions. However, Chetan Chauhan, the vice president of the Delhi District Cricket Association, said Srinivasan should step down while Gurunath was under investigation and could return if Gurunath was absolved.

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  • sanjeev on May 30, 2013, 14:20 GMT

    there are two issues here 1. should same man head BCCI and CSK. probably not, but it has been so for six years and thus might seem somewhat opportunistic to raise this point right now. 2. is an impartial enquiry possible with BCCI's president being the perpetrator's family member. answer- Definitely NOT please do not confuse the two issues and get sidetracked.

  • Pavan on May 30, 2013, 7:28 GMT

    ARad - I don't know how people like you compare Pizza Hut to BCCI. I will give you a small case. BCCI and IPL Governing Council(a sub committee of BCCI) are to look into some disciplinary issue pertaining to CSK. They will have to terminate CSK's contract. Now will they be able to do that if their boss is CSK's owner? Every decision taken by any committee of has to be approved by the president. All the approvals regarding fines, penalties, auctions, everything have to be made by BCCI and IPL Council. Now if Srini owns CSK, how can he act fairly towards other franchises? Its not possible. It is a clear case of Conflict of interest. And people have been shouting about it for years now.

  • Lasitha on May 30, 2013, 5:39 GMT

    I'm not an indian, I believe Mr Ravi Sawant comment is not a wise comment. The BCCI president should step down because there is an investigation going on against his son in law not on his previous engagements. Staying in this position is not professional and bad example for cricket.

  • Satish Chandar on May 30, 2013, 5:35 GMT

    So, finally a guy comes up and talks with common sense.. Srini didn't buy team on his relatives names or create dummy owner for his team.. He bought the team in public.. If the concerned people had reservations on him becoming the BCCI president, they shouldn't have nominated him at all leave alone voting and electing him.. They did everything as correct and now blaming Srini on conflict of interest.. Where did this come suddenly after 6 seasons? I am not saying common fan but the board members..

  • Dummy4 on May 30, 2013, 4:34 GMT

    Mr. Ravi Sawant's statement makes sense. If any conflict of interest then the same should have been raised in the first place and stopped it and not after six years. If his son-in-law is guilty then he will face the punishment and it is not fair to punish the father-in-law. If any of the Ministers in the Prime Minister's cabinet is corrupt then that particular Minister is facing the corruption charge and the Prime Minister need not resign for this. The same thing applies here too. It is really good to see that Mr. Srinivasan is staying and facing every one without fear which shows that he is neither corrupt nor guilty.

  • Dummy4 on May 30, 2013, 4:28 GMT

    Right! Srinivasan is a victim of political intrigue, undoubtedly.

  • bharath74 on May 30, 2013, 4:07 GMT

    Why should srinivasan be held guilty for his some else greediness?

  • Roger on May 30, 2013, 1:15 GMT

    Well said. Finally someone saw the clear difference between the two roles of Srinivasan. If Mukesh Ambani or Vijay Mallya becomes the next president of BCCI, does he need to sell away Mumbai Indians or RCB franchise? Utter nonsense. BCCI presidency is a honorary short term role while IPL franchise ownership is long term business option.

  • M on May 29, 2013, 21:59 GMT

    It is not opportunitistic. People have complained for years on his conflict of interest issue. Just that he was too powerful. Now his downfall has come. Just a matter of days. Just like one should never mix business with pleasure. Same goes, never mix business with politics or political posts. Eventually things will catchup.