Corruption in the IPL June 2, 2013

Srinivasan steps aside temporarily; Dalmiya to run BCCI affairs

ESPNcricinfo staff

N Srinivasan will not carry out his duties as BCCI president until the commission appointed to conduct an inquiry into the betting and spot-fixing charges in IPL 2013 completes its task. During this period Jagmohan Dalmiya, a former BCCI president and current head of the Cricket Association of Bengal, will run the daily affairs of the board.

It was the first time that a BCCI president has stood down in whatever capacity and a replacement named in his stead.

"Mr. N Srinivasan announced that he will not discharge his duties as the president of the board till such time that the probe is completed. Till such time, Mr. Jagmohan Dalmiya will conduct the day to day affairs of the board," the BCCI said in a release after a meeting of its working committee in Chennai on Sunday. "The committee expressed full confidence in Mr. Sanjay Jagdale and Mr. Ajay Shirke and requested them to withdraw their resignations in the larger interest of the board."

However, Jagdale and Shirke, the board secretary and treasurer who resigned on Friday, said they would not return to the BCCI, leaving two vital administrative posts vacant. Srinivasan told NDTV that the administration of the board in such a situation could be worked out.

Later on Sunday evening BCCI vice-president Arun Jaitley, who along with Rajiv Shukla and Anurag Thakur attended the meeting via teleconference from Delhi, said that the working committee would effectively run the board, by having to ratify Dalmiya's decisions. "Mr Dalmiya will look after the responsibilities. He will get decisions ratified by the board," he told Times Now. "The entire administration will be done by the working committee of the board. Whatever Mr Dalmiya decides will have to be ratified by the board."

The BCCI's press release did not mention who would constitute the new panel to investigate Gurunath Meiyappan, the Chennai Super Kings official arrested on charges of betting, the Super Kings owners India Cements, and the owners of Rajasthan Royals. The three-member panel formed on May 28 by the IPL governing council to look into corruption charges around IPL 2013 was automatically nullified after Jagdale's resignation. IS Bindra, the Punjab Cricket Association president, told ESPNcricinfo that the two High Court judges appointed to the panel will remain, and Jagdale's replacement will be appointed by Dalmiya. Bindra said he was told by Jaitley that the judges could not be replaced because, "it will be disrespect to the judges."

Bindra also told Times Now that he was the only person at the working committee meeting who asked for Srinivasan's resignation. "Mr. Jaitley has had his way in this meeting. Most of the suggestions came from Mr Jaitley, including the appointment of Mr. Dalmiya," Bindra said. "Srinivasan is not resigning. He is just stepping aside for one month. This is taking the public for a ride. We needed something more than this. I suggested, let him step aside until September, but he said he is not going to resign."

Srinivasan, however, contradicted Bindra, and said that Bindra had not asked him to resign at the meeting. "The meeting was very smooth. There was no acrimony," Srinivasan told NDTV. "The members appreciated what were the tasks ahead of the BCCI. This announcement I made after all members had expressed their views. This was well received. Then Mr Dalmiya was appointed."

A BCCI member, who was present in the meeting, said no one asked for Srinivasan's resignation during the meeting. "Once the president clarified in his opening address the he will not quit, nobody sought his resignation," he said. "Though Shirke and Bindra were vocal in questioning the technicalities, even they didn't demand his resignation." Three other members confirmed to ESPNcricinfo that 'resignation' was not mentioned during the meeting at all.

The BCCI did not specify what post Dalmiya would occupy, though, and as yet his role was undefined. The legitimacy of his position, according to the BCCI constitution, was not established.

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  • Kannan on June 4, 2013, 9:35 GMT


    Srinivasan started the meeting stating he didn't have any hassles stepping aside till the probe ended, but would not resign. Jaitley on cue spoke next and when it was suggested that he take over...cited election commitments and instead suggested 2 names Manohar and Dalmiya. He suggested 2 names to keep everybody happy, including the Pawar camp. Dalmiya was chosen (by prior agreement between the power brokers) because he was the one present! This was accepted by Srinivasan who suggested that he would step aside for a month with Jaitley suggesting 6 weeks or so. The focus thus moved away from Dalmiya. It was then suggested that Shirke and Jagdale should come back at which Shirke had reservations and left the meeting thus adjourning it briefly. He later apparently asked for a day's time to respond.

    The meeting started at 2.30 and was over by 4pm. The agenda accomplished and all were on their way back home from Chennai... leaving the media all confused!

  • Kannan on June 4, 2013, 9:27 GMT

    #1 : The great media circus surrounding the BCCI meeting on Sunday at last ended.

    It was a huge disappointment for the 'media' who are largely naive if not clueless as to how meetings are run. They imagined that this meeting would be a 'voice-fest' against Srinivasan. Nothing of that sort happened and here is why! Clearly Srinivasan, Jaitley and Dalmiya had conferred with each other earlier and the course of action was laid out.

    Srinivasan came to the venue at 10.30am and spent an hour with Dalmiya (reiterating what was agreed upon earlier and handing charge for taking over probably). He then spent the next 1.5 hrs in individual discussion with the members. Hiis focus would have been to tell them privately he was stepping aside and Dalmiya would take over.

  • Thomas on June 3, 2013, 13:51 GMT

    Srinivasan needs to be there in BCCI because once he is out Dhoni will be also out of Indian test team... Dhoni to retire from tests from2014 the same year Srinivasan steps down... Remember the news that srinivasan used his VETO powers to stop a move to remove dhoni from test captaincy? I am not aganist Dhoni but i really think he should not be in the Indian test team..

  • Ganesh on June 3, 2013, 10:39 GMT

    It's IPL that's in a mess today. Shouldn't the media's focus been on Rajeev Shukla, the then IPL chairman? How come no questions were asked as to how he allowed a 'Cricket Enthusiast' in the player's dug outs and other important areas barring the player's dressing room. Why he had a 'Cricket Enthusiast' copied in his key emails to the IPL Team Owners? Being the IPL chairman, why did he not hold any press conference after the spot fixing and betting scandals involving enthusiasts? No wonder he resigned proactively! Media has played some great roles in the past by cornering questionable people and help setting things right. In this case, their strategy of focusing only on Srinivasan has backfired. Srini without a doubt has had the last laugh so far!

  • Parthasarathy on June 3, 2013, 8:45 GMT

    Stupid for ppl to ask for Srinivasan to resign. He hasnt committed any mistake. If a government can stay for 9 years despite crores of crores of scam, why cant srinivasan stay and prove the truth.

  • Thyagarajan on June 3, 2013, 8:24 GMT

    @mrcool: Looks like you are very hot. Why are you bringing in a completely unconnected topic into this? In any case, why are you linking Rohit and Vijay. Vijay has played 11 ODIs overall and the last he played was about 2.5 years back. He has coming in because of several reasons. His own form in test and the exit of two India openers. You can only replace an opener with another opener and Rayudu is not even a bottle opener. Uthappa's style of batting suits only flat tracks. He is a batsman who hits through the line and in England conditions he will be a big failure. Rohit is the one who is getting innumerable chances. But if you look at his record he has a career average of 30+ and his average for the last 2 years has been close to 40. Not bad for somebody who is considered to be eternally failing.

  • Satish Chandar on June 3, 2013, 8:17 GMT

    @Nampally : The real problem is, he himself told in press conference that he will not interfere in the Guru hearing. If people think that Srinivasan has powers ONLY because of his post as BCCI president, they are wrong.. He has loads of money and he has enough power to interfere in that case even if he is outside the board, provided he wants to influence the hearing.. It really wouldn't make any difference to the hearing.. People were just for namesake calling his head without even naming the charge on him except for Guru's case - where he himself declared there won't be any intervention from his side..

  • sudhakar on June 3, 2013, 7:52 GMT

    Media should have asked his questions related to selection process...why players like rayudu and uthappa not getting chances or contracts for last 4-5 years.Why rohit sharma and vijay keep getting chances..Instead they are concentrating on nonexistent issue..

  • Owen on June 3, 2013, 7:27 GMT

    @Jose Puliampatta on (June 3, 2013, 6:37 GMT)- I would imagine that a large number of the comments would not be posted by cricinfo as it is a rather sensitive subject. But I also think that for a lot of people who have been reading in between the lines of the IPL over the past few years, this isn't really that surprising.

  • Thyagarajan on June 3, 2013, 7:07 GMT

    @Naresh28: What you are basically saying is that Srinivasan should be accountable for this whole mess. Going by your own logic, don't you think Rajeev Shukla is more accountable than Srinivasan by virtue of being directly in-charge of IPL? Why is it then nobody even remotely asked for Mr.Shukla's head but everybody (including the media) vehemently wanted Srinivasan to resign? Something is obviously fishy here.