India news April 16, 2014

State associations want meeting before court hearing

Hours after the Supreme Court refused to reinstate N Srinivasan as BCCI president, several of the board's member units have written to interim president Shivlal Yadav, requesting an emergent working committee meeting of the BCCI before the next court hearing on April 22. The development came after the Supreme Court revealed that Srinivasan's name was among those contained in a sealed envelope handed to the court by the Mudgal Committee after its probe into IPL corruption allegations.

ESPNcricinfo understands that at least six affiliated units of the BCCI wrote to Yadav - two each from central and east zone and one each from west and north zone. It is likely that the number could rise over the next couple of days. A major association from south zone - which has been Srinivasan's bastion - is also understood to be mulling over writing to Yadav.

The Rajasthan Cricket Association was at the forefront of the demand for an emergent working committee meeting. RCA's officiating secretary KK Sharma questioned the manner in which the BCCI's counsel was taking instructions from "certain individuals".

"We are unaware as to who is instructing the counsel appearing for the Board in the said matter. The issues have never been discussed at a Board Meeting and no Board Meeting has been convened in this regard," Sharma wrote in his letter.

"We do not want that the stance taken by the Board should damage the reputation of the Board and Players and therefore we request you to convene an Emergent Working Committee Meeting of the Board on 20.04.2014 at the Headquarters of the Board in Mumbai to discuss the matters pending before the Supreme Court as the said matter is now listed for 22.04.2014. We feel that the Board Counsel should be instructed about Board decision and should not take instructions from certain individuals."

Since the top BCCI officials, including Yadav, are in the UAE for the inaugural week of the IPL, none of them could be reached for a comment. They are scheduled to return home on April 21, a day before the next hearing.

Amol Karhadkar is a correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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