Corruption in the IPL

Srinivasan steps aside temporarily; Dalmiya to run BCCI affairs

ESPNcricinfo staff

June 2, 2013

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N Srinivasan leaves after the BCCI meeting held in Chennai, June 2, 2013
N Srinivasan managed to not resign as BCCI president at the working committee meeting in Chennai © AFP
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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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Posted by TheOnlyEmperor on (June 4, 2013, 9:35 GMT)

#2:

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!

Posted by TheOnlyEmperor 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.

Posted by cricanalyst05 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..

Posted by Captain_Crick 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!

Posted by Darnakka 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.

Posted by Thyagu5432 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.

Posted by satishchandar 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..

Posted by mrcool 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..

Posted by Harlequin. 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.

Posted by Thyagu5432 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.

Posted by   on (June 3, 2013, 6:37 GMT)

Have you noticed that even the ordinary cricket fans are, by and large, avoiding posting their views (looking at the number of post). Don't care? Or, don't dare?. Or, most probably, just tired of the whole thing. Just on the verge of giving up?

Posted by Naresh28 on (June 3, 2013, 6:28 GMT)

Srinivasan may not be guilty of anything, but one thing sticks out is that he was running BCCI and under him this IPL rot has been growing. He should have stopped it. Now we fans wonder "How we have been let down" In the IPL we could have been supporting fake players. Throwing wickets and matches.

Posted by   on (June 3, 2013, 6:18 GMT)

Administrative incompetence, manipulations, malpractices are as bad as spot fixing and match fixing. Or, even worse! And these are global concerns. As Vinode Kumar said, other Broads seem to be just watching (and probably enjoying) the scene. Instead of soaking in the severe impact of such acts of malfeasance on the very fabric of cricket as a game, anywhere in the world. Rip Wan Winkles of global cricket!

Posted by   on (June 3, 2013, 6:10 GMT)

@balajik1968. I agree with your observation about the ex-cricketers. Except Dravid, none of the other past greats lived up to their reputation. Not even Kumble, on whom, up to a point I had even greater respect than what I had for Dravid. Alas, no more!

Most of the journalists, not only showed "great hindsight" (as against foresight) as you correctly stated, but also displayed periodical biases. Just like Kumble, I had (repeat, had) a lot of faith on Bhogle too, till he also started letting out glimpses of his personal biases.

So, Nampally, "balajik 1968" is right.

Posted by bala_sachin on (June 3, 2013, 5:06 GMT)

only Mr.Dalmiya can do good for cricket and entite ICC regions

Posted by   on (June 3, 2013, 4:09 GMT)

why would IPL commissioner Shukla resign in the first place when the issue broke out at IPL...he was like it was happening somewhere...feel for Srini from South Vs north.

Posted by balajik1968 on (June 3, 2013, 1:17 GMT)

Nampally, all these legends except Dravid have also not come out with flying colours. It was really painful for me to see players of the stature of Gavaskar, Shastri and Kapil cheerleading the IPL. As for the journalists, none of them were able to see that the IPL was a fertile place for corruption. Of course they have hindsight now, but a journalist should be able to see beyond the obvious or he/she does not deserve to call themselves one. The potential for corruption and sleaze was glaringly obvious, yet nobody chose to see it.

Posted by SanjivAwesome on (June 2, 2013, 23:59 GMT)

Kapil, Gavaskar, Dravid, Laxman, Ganguly. These gentlemen should now lead the BCCI administratively.

Posted by Notanideologue1 on (June 2, 2013, 22:45 GMT)

Sreenvasan has not resigned. He stepped aside for 1 month, but will continue to hold his position legally. This is worst than the spot fixing. The whole management has to wiped out to start clean, but who are we going to replace them with!! THERE IS NO ONE. I have been hearing BINDRA , Dalmya names since my child hood days and I am almost 40. By the way Dalmya was ousted in 2006 for financial malpractices, so suddenly now he becomes the good guy! Like Gavasker said, I FEEL STUPID NOW following this story. On side note: Cricinfo is the only reporting site who is reporting instead of sensationalizing this story. So thanks for that. I hope you will get a chance to interview Sreesanth if he is out in bail to hear his side of the story. Looking forward to that.

Posted by   on (June 2, 2013, 22:35 GMT)

Being a Pakistan Cricket fan, on one side I am happy on what has happened and still corrupt people are staying (temporarily aside). On other side shocked to see that ICC has not taken any tough stance so far? But then understand that ICC is BCCI, but still other boards are just watching as this is not their problem?? This is problem for whole world cricket and there should be an independent enquiry which must have power to investigate all previous IPL tournaments and track the players and their official's mobile phones.

Posted by rkanungoe on (June 2, 2013, 22:10 GMT)

For some reason - I feel that people like Ganguly, Kumble and Dravid may soon call shots in BCCI. But people must also realize that a good cricketer does not mean good administrators. Personally I am not too thrilled about Dalmiya being back in power position - as he himself has a few dark spots during his time. But he may be one of the better option among all possible evils. Lets hope he manages to clear some air for everyone and get things running again. A Champions trophy WIN surely will help.

Posted by   on (June 2, 2013, 22:07 GMT)

N Srinivasan - Retired hurt

Posted by CricPuli on (June 2, 2013, 18:41 GMT)

The biggest problem with Indian cricket is the administrators and politicians. The administrators from the President to all the VPs don't have experience in running a complex organization of this size with so many loop holes to deal with. BTW, no one can stop betting, and I bet on that. Politicians involvement messed it up so badly, all they fight for is power. Good that ICC stipulated the condition that government roles should be curtailed. Get some good MBA guys with Sports Management to run these damn things including IPL franchises and you can see the differences. No ex-players; they know the game but no experience in running organizations. Take a page from other well-established sports setups in the world.

Posted by Nampally on (June 2, 2013, 18:31 GMT)

Mr. Dalmiya is a stop gap arrangement till a new President + the entire Board is in place. The President of BCCI should be committed to his job + be Accountable for its short comings, especially a huge scandal associated with "Corrupt Culture". Cricket is a Noble, Gentleman's game & never stooped so low as to "Spot Fixing". I don't care whether Srinivasan or Dalmiya are financial wizards or not. But any NEW & NEXT president of BCCI must be held Accountable & fired if he fails in his duties - Not Resign under barrage by protests by Cricket Fans & the media. Mr. Srinivasan placed himself above the very Company (BCCI) that has hired him for the job & still considers that he has done a favour by stepping aside. Is he an Egotist or Elephant in the Room?

Posted by   on (June 2, 2013, 18:17 GMT)

seems like IS Bindra is the only man left in the board members, rest should start dressing differently now

Posted by chatas on (June 2, 2013, 15:49 GMT)

Mr Jagmohan Dalmiya has established track-record of clean, creative and decisive management. He established India in the ICC and is responsible for the financial success of BCCI There is no one better for BCCI President.

All power should be given to Mr. Dalmiya - we will have great future assured for India cricket.

Posted by ODI_BestFormOfCricket on (June 2, 2013, 15:48 GMT)

please guys, wake up. This is india, politics everywhere. You cannot find moral ethics blah blah blah. U can't change anything, look how strong he is and finally srinivasan won THIS BCCI politics.

Posted by Damian123 on (June 2, 2013, 15:19 GMT)

This is a typical 'sub-continental' solution and nothing more than an eyewash!

Posted by   on (June 2, 2013, 13:57 GMT)

What are the chances that Dalmia is shrewed enough to keep Srini out for as long as possible? Extending that logic further, Dalmia keeping anybody else taking over as the President? What are the chances of Dalmia becoming another Srini - cussed, iron-fisted, and dictatorial. With or without the backing of the big ring masters of Indian politics from Delhi. That too bi-partisan ! Yet, neutralized by Dalmia. Did Delhi played the role of a Frankenstein? Let us not forget Dalmia is the biggest and the most experienced game player India Cricket have had in recent years. That much about Delhi-players.

Will the "Western India" group with their "Big Political Daddy" in the background accept this arrangement? What will be their next move ?

Wait for the next episode in this sordid saga of Indian Cricket Administration.

Posted by ToTellUTheTruth on (June 2, 2013, 13:51 GMT)

Not Dalmiya again. Wasn't he the BCCI supremo, when the last match fixing issue came up?

Posted by   on (June 2, 2013, 13:31 GMT)

So that is that ? Wonder what the ICC would handle this ? ICC had the guts to step in when the Zimbabwe cricket board was embroiled in controversy. Can it do the same in the case of BCCI. A board president's own credibility and the credibility of the BCCI and Indian cricket are at stake.

Posted by stormy16 on (June 2, 2013, 13:14 GMT)

This had to happen for the next step to start but the BCCI must be on damage control mode and the administrators must get out of the way to ensure the game doesnt suffer anymore than it has to.

Posted by avis1001 on (June 2, 2013, 13:13 GMT)

Finally politics brought him down rather than the character.

Posted by Nampally on (June 2, 2013, 12:58 GMT)

Better Late than Never!. What took Mr. Srinivasan this long to make this simple & straight forward decision which is expected of any responsible person in a democratic country. To keep the BCCI a clean Board, the current members must resign -100%. Let new guys take over - including some respected Cricketers from the 70's & more recent retirees. Kapil Dev, Gavaskar, Kumble & Dravid + 2 retired IndianWomen Cricketers + Harsha Bhogle & Sharda Ugra come to mind as a good mix of jounalists & Cricketers. Keep this body all encompassing & inclusive so that the interests of all parties are served & some new ideas are infused.

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