India news April 25, 2014

Srinivasan's ICC presence to be challenged


The Cricket Association of Bihar, the plaintiff in the IPL case before the Supreme Court, is to take up before the court the matter of N Srinivasan representing the BCCI at the ICC. The matter is likely to be taken up on April 29, when the Supreme Court bench hearing the IPL case reassembles.

Srinivasan, who has been replaced by the court as board president, was named the BCCI's representative to the ICC last September. However, that position could be changed given that he no longer holds a position on the board. The Supreme Court has so far not expressed an opinion on this specific issue.

"We are going to press for barring Srinivasan from representing BCCI at the ICC. We have already made a prayer in front of the court," Nalini Chidambaram, one of the senior most lawyers on the CAB's legal team, told ESPNcricinfo.

Despite the Supreme Court forcing him to step aside, Nalini said, Srinivasan's insistence that he was free to be part of ICC, was akin to "a man who is not fit to be a High Court judge but he wants to be a Supreme Court judge."

Srinivasan's insistence that he was free to be part of ICC, was akin to "a man who is not fit to be a High Court judge but he wants to be a Supreme Court judge"

Chidambaram explained that her client had made five prayers in the Bombay High Court last year when the CAB, represented by its secretary Aditya Verma, first approached the courts. The first plea was to set aside the BCCI-appointed two-judge panel to probe the corruption allegations that surfaced during last year's IPL. It was a shot in the arm for Verma when the Bombay High Court ruled in CAB's favour. But the High Court did not agree with his second prayer, that he wanted an independent panel to be appointed. The court instead wanted the BCCI to appoint another panel.

According to Chidambaram the other pleas were: Srinivasan should not represent India at ICC meetings, he should not be the BCCI president, terminate Chennai Super Kings franchise and he should also not be part of the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association, for which he is the president.

"Those prayers were not pressed in the Bombay High Court. But we have renewed it now in the Supreme Court," Chidambaram said.

Last month, after the Supreme Court passed an interim order asking Srinivasan to step aside, one of the immediate questions was whether he could attend the ICC meetings. Although the court had stated at the time it was an "internal matter," the answer was provided by Srinivasan when he attended the ICC's executive board meeting on April 9 and 10 in Dubai.

Srinivasan's position in the ICC, as one of its directors, can be questioned under various ICC regulations in the light of the Supreme Court observations and orders around the BCCI's handling of the IPL 2013 corruption case. Yet there has been complete silence on the part of the ICC, as well as the other nine Full Members.

Nagraj Gollapudi is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • M.G. on April 26, 2014, 2:04 GMT

    This is called sticking to the gun, standing on the right, manifestation of courage, determination and integrity on part of Mr Verma. Way to go CAB to shake the whole cricket world to the right path from the neglected state of Bihar...

  • Jay on April 26, 2014, 2:03 GMT

    @krv954: Exactly my friend. While I applaud Mr. Verma's actions, he isn't a man of privilege doing this out of charity. He's representing a neglected and rejected body of Indian sport that has failed to see the light of day. So while his intentions are correct, he is also being selfish. But as long as it helps clean up corruption within the BCCI and Indian cricket as a whole, I am all for it.

  • D on April 26, 2014, 0:15 GMT

    This is wonderful entertainment during this ongoing break between Test matches. Please let this public spectacle continue until at least the Tests in England start.

  • Jo on April 25, 2014, 19:28 GMT

    Sour grapes whine about each and every thing whenever there is a possibility. Its like what happens in Ukraine... One major sect of people wanted to dis-associate from Ukraine because they are treated badly and had to live pathetic life under Ukraine's governance... and Ukraine stamp them as rebels/terrorists... International community in the G8 also behave pathetic... Not willing to accept people's demand and going for the opposite of what they stand for.. "Free / Democracy in the world"... which itself is a self-interest based.....

  • Dummy4 on April 25, 2014, 19:22 GMT

    without srini and msd indian cricket is titanic.

  • Dummy4 on April 25, 2014, 19:06 GMT

    Geez, looks like people just hate guts of BCCI.. Go and take a poll of players who are reaping the benefit. Just because BCCI = India, looks like everyone hates the guts of BCCI employees. Today Srinivasan, tomorrow whoever takes over will be crucified..

    BCCI is responsible for the success of cricket as it stands today. Yep, Pakistan is not able to reap the benefit because of their broken system.

  • Krishnan on April 25, 2014, 16:49 GMT

    I see a lot of people here praising the guts and intent of Aditya Verma. But what most people here don't understand is that BCCI have failed to recognize Cricket Association of Bihar for a few years now. What he is doing here is retribution for being sidelined for so many years.

    Although I believe what he is doing now helps cricket in the long run, I wouldn't be quick to hail his intentions as honorable and keeping the best interests of cricket in mind. I would like to ask if he would have done the same if CAB was recognized and was a part of BCCI organization. His actions are more like the actions of someone who has nothing to lose and everything to gain.

    Please don't get me wrong. I still admire him for going after a huge organization like BCCI.

  • Arshad on April 25, 2014, 15:06 GMT

    Aditya Varms deserves highest civil award from Pakistan. He is doing great services to the game of cricket!!

  • Malik on April 25, 2014, 14:01 GMT

    This case is stretching too much. As a die-hard cricket fan, I would want this to end asap and whatever the outcome is we need to know asap.

  • Dummy4 on April 25, 2014, 13:57 GMT

    Bharat Ratna for Aditya Verma.

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