Corruption in the IPL July 30, 2013

'Don't know why you're making a big issue'

ESPNcricinfo staff

N Srinivasan, the BCCI president, has said he didn't understand why a "big issue" was being made of the Bombay High Court judgment holding that the board's two-member committee that investigated and cleared the owners of Rajasthan Royals and Chennai Super Kings was constituted illegally.

"I don't know why you people are making a big issue," Srinivasan said, according to PTI. "A writ was filed and the court has given its verdict. The matter finishes there."

While delivering its verdict on the petition filed by the Cricket Association of Bihar and its secretary, Aditya Verma, the court said that the BCCI will have to investigate the matter afresh. However, the BCCI and Srinivasan, in their reply affidavits, termed the petition as "motivated and vested with personal interests".

BCCI's stand-in chief, Jagmohan Dalmiya, told ESPNcricinfo: "We will wait for the judgement to come into our hands before deciding our next step.

"I do not know how big the crisis is but I can say that it has put us in an embarrassing position," Dalmiya said, according to PTI. "I must have received at least 50 to 80 calls since morning. But I want to say that I am equally in dark."

With Srinivasan declaring that he would be attending the meeting of the board's working committee on August 2, Dalmiya said he had no idea who would be in the chair. "Who will chair August 2 meeting? I myself do not know where is the chair... Let me first understand where do I stand... I do not have any information officially. This however does not mean there is some difference with the BCCI."

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  • ian on July 31, 2013, 22:24 GMT

    Perhaps after the Bombay High Court's 'scathing comments' (to quote Nagraj Gollapudi in his report: We do not accept this explanation.. 31/7/13), it may be dawning on Srinivasan why 'a big issue' is being made of his organisation's total incompetence that is, as ever, characterised by opaqueness & arrogance. His arrogance is still flying from the masthead, even as the ship sinks. He clearly thinks that he is untouchable & has done (to quote him earlier) 'nothing wrong'! It takes one's breath away! The Bombay HC is beginning to show him, that he might just have to eat his words - and a great deal of humble pie. Then, there are the ensuing criminal proceedings... Where will it all end? I appeal to all true Indian cricket lovers! Have you not seen, heard & read enough? This man is not worthy of you or our great game. The mask is being torn away & what is being revealed is far from pretty. Pls publish.

  • Altaf on July 31, 2013, 11:25 GMT

    Then make it small by leaving the chair, Mr Sri ...!

  • John on July 31, 2013, 8:46 GMT

    @ramli Srinivasan has a clear conflict of interest on two counts: 1- between heading the BCCI which controls IPL and owning an IPL team. How other IPL owners can invest under that conflict is baffling eg CSK's favourable scheduling 2- if Srinivasan heads the ICC he will have a clear conflict of interest in deciding resource allocation between the three formats of the game. Clearly it is in his financial interest to promote 20:20 over Tests and ODis Does the game of cricket wish to be represented at its highest echelon by such a character whose actions continue to invite controversy at best and outright derision at worst.

  • Dummy4 on July 31, 2013, 8:30 GMT

    Since the IPL fiasco, I have shifted my loyalties. I follow cricket in Zimbabwe, South Africa, England, Australia, West Indies, Ireland, Afghanistan, Scotland, Netherlands, Namibia, Dubai but not India. But, amazingly, when I do all this I am still following the influences that BCCI has over the game world over. I think the BCCI should be given all rights on how to play the game -- be it at international level (meaning India wins everything), franchsie level (BCCI owns, operates and some Indian franchise -- read CSK -- wins the champions leage T20) and domestic level (you cannot challenge BCCI on this front). If cricket does not have to end like WWE (the fake freestyle wrestling games), BCCI will have to subject itself to accountability and be transparent so that whatever dirt has been brushed under the carpet over the years is cleared.

  • RAJARAMAN on July 31, 2013, 8:21 GMT

    Smithie ... Srinivasan owns a team, whose principal official committed to betting that was illegal and was promptly arrested and legal process is in progress ... Srinivasan as then president BCCI constituted a committee to inquire into this issue which was stricken by court as illegal ... the committee comprised learned judges which felt that no wrong-doing was committed by Srinivasan ... well ... why should this bring down the image of Srinivasan? How is he ineligible to become the boss of ICC? Were all past-presidents saints? Let us wait for the FINAL verdict and then pass on judgment whether Srinivasan is guilty

  • John on July 31, 2013, 7:54 GMT

    Time for SRT to come out and state categorically that the actions of Srinivasan and the non actions of the rest of the BCCI are bringing the image of Indian cricket into disrepute.

  • Tony on July 31, 2013, 4:55 GMT

    WOW, Dalmiya is the Stand-in-chief and as of now, Srini is nobody to BCCI. Dalmiya should be telling I am in the chair instead of not knowing it. How lame?

  • Cric on July 31, 2013, 4:06 GMT

    Looks like Srinivasan learned it from Hillary Clinton: "what's the big deal?"

  • Mumraiz on July 31, 2013, 0:16 GMT

    Mr. Srinivasan the court verdict says that the committee was "constituted illegally"...thats why it is a big issue.

  • Arvind on July 30, 2013, 18:26 GMT

    > However, the BCCI and Srinivasan, in their reply affidavits, reportedly termed the petition as "motivated and vested with personal interests".

    LOL, pot calling the kettle black.

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