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Verma questions ICC's silence on Srinivasan

Amol Karhadkar

May 4, 2014

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In the letter, Aditya Verma has expressed his anguish at the ICC's silence "on the issue of the IPL scam" © The Indian Express
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Aditya Verma, the Cricket Association of Bihar secretary whose petition following the IPL corruption scandal has led to an upheaval in Indian cricket, has questioned the ICC's silence over the scandal and its decision to allow BCCI's stepped-aside president N Srinivasan to attend the ICC Executive board meeting in Dubai last month.

In an email that Verma claims to have sent to all the ICC office-bearers, he has expressed his anguish at the ICC's silence "on the issue of the IPL scam". "Cricket is a great sport and it's the duty of ICC and BCCI to maintain the credibility of cricket and players," the letter stated.

The letter has also questioned the decision to let Srinivasan attend the ICC Board meeting in Dubai last month despite Srinivasan in an "affidavit filed to the court had said he was stepping aside as the BCCI president till the probe concludes".

Verma had filed a petition in the Bombay High Court last July questioning the legality of a two-member panel appointed by the BCCI to inquire the allegations against Gurunath Meiyappan, Srinivasan's son-in-law, his team Chennai Super Kings, Rajasthan Royals and one of its co-owners Raj Kundra. The matter has escalated to the Supreme Court stepping in to initiate a cleansing act in Indian cricket.

During the last hearing of the case last week, CAB's lawyers requested the court to bar Srinivasan, who is supposed to take over as the ICC chairman in July, from attending ICC meetings. Though the court didn't entertain the plea during its last hearing, the apex court has decided to ask Justice Mukul Mudgal - whose earlier report concluded that Meiyappan was a CSK official and had recommended further recommendations against 13 personalities involved in cricket - to continue the probe into the allegations. The court is likely to issue an interim order in the coming week.

Amol Karhadkar is a correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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