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What the people present in the meeting had to say about what took place
June 2, 2013
After the working-committee meeting of the BCCI, N Srinivasan stepped aside while the commission probes the charges of betting and spot-fixing in the IPL. Jagmohan Dalmiya was charged with day-to-day activities of the board. Here is what the people present in the meeting had to say about what took place.
On the outcome of the meeting
"I have taken an extraordinarily fair step of not discharging my duties till the probe is completed. What have I done wrong? There is no charge laid against me. Nothing."
N Srinivasan, the president, has no doubts regarding the fairness of it all
"It seemed like a pre-planned drama. I said it was a sham that will not satisfy the public."
IS Bindra, former BCCI president and now the Punjab Cricket Board chief, doesn't quite agree
"I am not only unhappy. I am extremely sad. I am at the same time extremely concerned about the future. We need a more credible explanation rather than just putting old wine in new bottles."
Ajay Shirke, the Maharashtra Cricket Association boss who resigned as the BCCI treasurer two nights ago, is not impressed
"What hurt me during the meeting is we should have discussed the system and not just individuals. How to cleanse the system. And what wrong things have entered the game of cricket."
Sanjay Jagdale, who resigned as the BCCI secretary along with Shirke, talks of what the real issue is
"Under this arrangement, you must have a board with some credibility. Since the board has taken this decision, I am sure it must be given a chance."
Arun Jaitley, a BJP MP and a BCCI vice-president, believes credibility has been restored
"It was the most uncharitable and unreasonable comment you have made."
Jagmohan Dalmiya, former BCCI chief and now interim in-charge, rules out this being an eyewash
On how the arrangement with Jagmohan Dalmiya will work
"Mr Dalmiya will look after the responsibilities. He will get decisions ratified by the board. 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."
Jaitley maps out the immediate plan
"This is an internal matter on how the board arranges itself. Mr Dalmiya is very experienced. Within the framework of the rules of the board, it can be managed."
Srinivasan is confident the confusing situation can be managed
"I have no problem with Mr Dalmiya coming in. He is an experienced administrator, but I don't like the way he has been brought in."
"I cannot see how this kind of arrangement work."
On who all asked Srinivasan to resign unconditionally
"Nobody except Mr Bindra and myself and a couple of others questioned this arrangement. At the end of the day, this has been carried through."
Shirke didn't have much support in the meeting
"At the meeting, Mr Bindra didn't ask me to resign. The meeting was very smooth. There was no acrimony. 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."
Srinivasan sticks with the unanimity theme
"I have the minutes and the notes of the meeting. I categorically asked for his resignation. I said this sham will not satisfy the public. I said he should resign and come back if exonerated."
Bindra doesn't quite agree
"Nobody had asked for his resignation. I can say nobody came forward. It was unnecessary, like going after a punching bag."
Dalmiya has another view
On what happens to the resignations of Shirke and Jagdale
"All of us requested Mr Jagdale and Mr Shirke to continue so that there is continuity. Ajay Shirke is my best friend. He said he will come back tomorrow. Even Sanjay Jagdale will get back to us tomorrow."
Srinivasan hopes the resignations will be taken back
"They were unanimous in asking us to take back the resignation, but I feel bad that I cannot respond in a positive manner."
Jagdale says thanks but no thanks
"No question of me taking back the resignation unless there is a creditable route ahead of us."
Doesn't seem Shirke is taking a u-turn anytime soon
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