Corruption in the IPL

Srinivasan set to preside over working committee meeting

Amol Karhadkar

July 31, 2013

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N Srinivasan arrives at a press conference in Kolkata, May 26, 2013
N Srinivasan could be stepping back instead of stepping aside © Associated Press
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N Srinivasan is set to preside over the BCCI's working committee meeting to be held in New Delhi on Friday, two months to the day he said he would step aside as board president for the duration of the probe into the IPL fixing mess. The committee that carried out that investigation submitted its report on July 28 but the manner in which it was set up was struck down two days later by the Bombay High Court as illegal and violative of the BCCI's own constitution.

However, that ruling, and the public outcry that followed it, seems to have left the BCCI president unfazed. A senior board official said public criticism wouldn't affect the BCCI's way of functioning.

"The president had stepped aside till the probe was complete. Now that the probe is over, he has decided to return to action," the official told ESPNcricinfo, requesting anonymity. "It doesn't matter what the court has observed. Our legal cell will look into the matter."

The two-man committee was investigating charges against the holding companies of Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals besides Raj Kundra, the Royals co-owner, and Gurunath Meiyappan, senior management official of Super Kings and also Srinivasan's son-in-law.

Following the public uproar after arrests of three Royals cricketers and Meiyappan, Srinivasan had stepped aside, paving the way for former president Jagmohan Dalmiya to look after the BCCI's day-to-day affairs. However, once the probe panel submitted its report to the working committee, it was clear that Srinivasan would officially return to power at the earliest.

It remains to be seen if Dalmiya, who had admitted that the BCCI had been embarrassed due to the court order, is rewarded for handling the board's affairs over the last two months.

Dalmiya, for his part, was quoted by PTI as saying he was clueless about what was happening in the BCCI. "I'm totally in dark about what's happening at the board. I've not been communicated anything. I'm just hearing all these in news reports," he said. "Perhaps I'll find out after going there for the working committee meeting in New Delhi."

Amol Karhadkar is a correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by srinideva on (August 1, 2013, 12:37 GMT)

i don't know what the big deal in this. They said he should step aside until the panel work on the matter. Now it is over. Yeah, court says it is illegal.that does not going to change anything..too much attention on srini...something strange..keep in mind that the probe was set to check the roles of guru and raj in spot fixing..

Posted by ODI_BestFormOfCricket on (August 1, 2013, 1:05 GMT)

good move by srini. India cricket needs courage people like srinivasan to prevent unwanted external force and rules to be apply on bcci

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