Corruption in the IPL May 28, 2013

Srinivasan must step down - Scindia

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Jyotiraditya Scindia, a member of the BCCI and of its disciplinary committee, has said board president N Srinivasan must step down following the arrest of his son-in-law and Chennai Super Kings official Gurunath Meiyappan on charges of betting. Early this week, Punjab Cricket Association president IS Bindra publicly called for Srinivasan's resignation, undermining the latter's assertion that the entire board was united behind him.

"Let me say this that I am not assuming or saying that anyone is guilty. But considering the environment that is around cricket today, considering the fact that we do need to cleanse the sport in every single meaning of the word, I do believe that it would be in the fitness of things if Mr. Srinivasan did step aside until this matter reached a conclusive end in terms of an inquiry," Scindia, president of the Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association and a federal minister, told the television channel Times Now.

"If he and his family members, or rather his son-in-law, is absolved then surely he can come back. But considering the environment that cricket is in today, I do think that if you combine the fact of a conflict of interest and his own family member being involved in an ongoing investigation, it is in the fitness of things and more from a spirit point of view and propriety point of view, I do believe that he should step aside."

Scindia's statement was the first from any of the politicians - including some of the country's most high-profile leaders - who sit on the BCCI to criticize Srinivasan's stand. It came amid growing public outrage over silence within the BCCI leadership over questions relating to Srinivasan's apparently conflicted position on the issue. It came on a day when Kirti Azad, a BJP member of parliament, and a senior official of the Communist Party both criticized the board's silence. Scindia is also the president of the state association to which Sanjay Jagdale, the BCCI secretary, belongs.

Scindia said the issue of Gurunath's exact role in Super Kings wasn't relevant to the issue of his father-in-law's continuance in office. "There's a committee that's going to be set up that's going to look into this, I don't believe that the nitty-gritty is important at this point of time. I believe propriety is important and, in the sense of propriety, I do believe that he should step down. I do believe he should step down, not only for himself but also for Chennai Super Kings and for the spirit of cricket per se."

Asked whether the BCCI was planning to follow an alternative route to convince Srinivasan to step down, Scindia replied by saying it's what he would have done if he were in that situation. "The fact that he has not done so, I think it is time now for BCCI as a collective to see what the future course of action should be. In the fitness of things one should step aside, whether or not we believe we are guilty or not. If we are not guilty, then we will surely be reinstated. That example has to come from the top."

On a similar theme, he said that "a fair share" of the responsibility to clean up cricket lay with the BCCI. "I believe we must take the assistance of other stakeholders on board to ensure that such incidents don't recur, and there is a very strict - and strictly enforced - due process."

On Sunday, Bindra, a former BCCI president himself, was unambiguous in his stand."I demand that he should step down from the BCCI President's position forthwith and not cause anymore damage to Indian cricket," Bindra said. "His statement in Mumbai is shocking. It shows that he has not learnt anything from this episode. He continues to remain defiant as if nothing has happened."

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  • tanstell87 on May 29, 2013, 8:30 GMT

    @Sureshkumar Sivanesan - no buddy not a CSK hater but just want people to know that CSK isnt the best team in IPL, they have lost 3 finals and won 2 out of 5...i would say MI & CSK are top 2 teams in IPL...for CSK fans CSK is number 1 & for MI fans Mi is number 1.

  • ladycricfan on May 29, 2013, 7:10 GMT

    @sachinisawesome, I said this year, I did not mean in the league phase. Didn't CSK beat MI in the qualifier1. I also meant to say that CSK was the best team in the 6 yrs of IPL history. 5finals and 2win. Which team did better than that?

  • on May 29, 2013, 5:55 GMT

    First of all, can all these politicians stop being on the BCCI? That in itself may help clean up the sport! Stop giving pensions upon pensions to people that don't deserve them! Bindra, Scindia and the lot will call for heads to roll now, and you think they would ever let anyone be reinstated? I do think that Srini has found himself in a tight spot and a resignation may be due, but innocent until proven guilty, right guys? Right? Or do you think you deserve to be fired from YOUR jobs/posts just because of an accusation? As far as the conflict of interest, why didn't the issue rear it's head till now?!

  • GrindAR on May 29, 2013, 1:37 GMT

    Good lesson for BCCI for demolishing ICL, which had much better quality and vision to develop Cricket as a true sports of astute fan base. When BCCI arm twisted for ICL demolition, they reinstated their firm hand on destroying the sport Cricket.

    Are they trying to do arm twist weapon this time too? Let the ball roll and atleast treat this as a DiamondOnGold opportunity to flush out the rusted system called BCCI.

  • ddr3 on May 28, 2013, 21:47 GMT

    N Srinivasan should be removed asap!

    @SC13159, lol no CSK did not beat every team at least once in league stages..in fact they were beaten twice in league stages by MI...and MI were the the best team by far beating CSK thrice this year!

    And its quite clear India shall lose with ease in Champions Trophy..Dhoni won't be able to do anything..get it CSK fans!

  • csk_sj on May 28, 2013, 21:15 GMT

    I'm a CSK fan but just can't understand why Srinivasan refuses to step down. The circumstances demand that he resigns until the investigation is over.

  • ladycricfan on May 28, 2013, 20:44 GMT

    @tanstell87,

    CSK: 5finals won2 , lost 3, two losses were last ball, penultimate ball losses. They didn't choke. Finals v MI they succumbed to pressure. RR: 1 finals. 1win. DC: 1 finals 1win. MI: 2 finals 1 win. RCB : 2 finals 2 losses. KXIP and DD are yet to reach finals. This year CSK beat every team at least once. They won more away matches than other teams. If CSK is not the best team who is?

  • Crikoot on May 28, 2013, 20:25 GMT

    Its clear why BCCI has been opposing DRS. For the sake of fairness in cricket DRS should be implemented.

  • on May 28, 2013, 19:59 GMT

    @Tanstell- You are more a CSK hater than anything else.. The hatred in your comments shows how tired you were seeing CSK coming to the top every year. See the grudge in all your comments.. CSK has not won against stronger team & they are chokers..Which world are you living in? In Twenty20, when every team has the liberty to chose their team as they want, and with teams like Mumbai that can shell out as much money they want, it is surprising that CSK can sustain such a consistency.. As a team this year, CSK is equally strong as Mumbai and no other team is near them ( RR would have been done without Watson). For the off field events that happened right before the Finals, any team in any sport would have messed up. If it was a normal day for an IPL finals, I wouldn't even have believed four people getting out for naught in such a batting line-up, and Hussey getting clean bowled..

  • tanstell87 on May 28, 2013, 18:15 GMT

    @cricketsunami - reality hurts buddy doesnt it...CSK struugle against top teams & wins easy against lower-rung teams.....btw lets see if CSK players in Indian team can win league games in upcoming Champions Trophy.

  • tanstell87 on May 29, 2013, 8:30 GMT

    @Sureshkumar Sivanesan - no buddy not a CSK hater but just want people to know that CSK isnt the best team in IPL, they have lost 3 finals and won 2 out of 5...i would say MI & CSK are top 2 teams in IPL...for CSK fans CSK is number 1 & for MI fans Mi is number 1.

  • ladycricfan on May 29, 2013, 7:10 GMT

    @sachinisawesome, I said this year, I did not mean in the league phase. Didn't CSK beat MI in the qualifier1. I also meant to say that CSK was the best team in the 6 yrs of IPL history. 5finals and 2win. Which team did better than that?

  • on May 29, 2013, 5:55 GMT

    First of all, can all these politicians stop being on the BCCI? That in itself may help clean up the sport! Stop giving pensions upon pensions to people that don't deserve them! Bindra, Scindia and the lot will call for heads to roll now, and you think they would ever let anyone be reinstated? I do think that Srini has found himself in a tight spot and a resignation may be due, but innocent until proven guilty, right guys? Right? Or do you think you deserve to be fired from YOUR jobs/posts just because of an accusation? As far as the conflict of interest, why didn't the issue rear it's head till now?!

  • GrindAR on May 29, 2013, 1:37 GMT

    Good lesson for BCCI for demolishing ICL, which had much better quality and vision to develop Cricket as a true sports of astute fan base. When BCCI arm twisted for ICL demolition, they reinstated their firm hand on destroying the sport Cricket.

    Are they trying to do arm twist weapon this time too? Let the ball roll and atleast treat this as a DiamondOnGold opportunity to flush out the rusted system called BCCI.

  • ddr3 on May 28, 2013, 21:47 GMT

    N Srinivasan should be removed asap!

    @SC13159, lol no CSK did not beat every team at least once in league stages..in fact they were beaten twice in league stages by MI...and MI were the the best team by far beating CSK thrice this year!

    And its quite clear India shall lose with ease in Champions Trophy..Dhoni won't be able to do anything..get it CSK fans!

  • csk_sj on May 28, 2013, 21:15 GMT

    I'm a CSK fan but just can't understand why Srinivasan refuses to step down. The circumstances demand that he resigns until the investigation is over.

  • ladycricfan on May 28, 2013, 20:44 GMT

    @tanstell87,

    CSK: 5finals won2 , lost 3, two losses were last ball, penultimate ball losses. They didn't choke. Finals v MI they succumbed to pressure. RR: 1 finals. 1win. DC: 1 finals 1win. MI: 2 finals 1 win. RCB : 2 finals 2 losses. KXIP and DD are yet to reach finals. This year CSK beat every team at least once. They won more away matches than other teams. If CSK is not the best team who is?

  • Crikoot on May 28, 2013, 20:25 GMT

    Its clear why BCCI has been opposing DRS. For the sake of fairness in cricket DRS should be implemented.

  • on May 28, 2013, 19:59 GMT

    @Tanstell- You are more a CSK hater than anything else.. The hatred in your comments shows how tired you were seeing CSK coming to the top every year. See the grudge in all your comments.. CSK has not won against stronger team & they are chokers..Which world are you living in? In Twenty20, when every team has the liberty to chose their team as they want, and with teams like Mumbai that can shell out as much money they want, it is surprising that CSK can sustain such a consistency.. As a team this year, CSK is equally strong as Mumbai and no other team is near them ( RR would have been done without Watson). For the off field events that happened right before the Finals, any team in any sport would have messed up. If it was a normal day for an IPL finals, I wouldn't even have believed four people getting out for naught in such a batting line-up, and Hussey getting clean bowled..

  • tanstell87 on May 28, 2013, 18:15 GMT

    @cricketsunami - reality hurts buddy doesnt it...CSK struugle against top teams & wins easy against lower-rung teams.....btw lets see if CSK players in Indian team can win league games in upcoming Champions Trophy.

  • Temuzin on May 28, 2013, 17:38 GMT

    Posted by tanstell87 on (May 28, 2013, 16:28 GMT) @ Parthipan Chandrasekar - CSK best team...no mate they have played 5 finals lost 3 & won 2....they choke in finals..

    You talk about playing 5 finals as if they were put up there by you and not because of their brilliant play. Reaching five finals alone is a great achievement if you know. But I guess you dont give any importance to playing league matches and winning most of them to reach finals.

  • VSIMHA on May 28, 2013, 17:16 GMT

    Dear Mr.Scindia, I am only a cricket fan and not connected with any team or coterie. I respect you Sir for your very courageous statement on this whole sordid affair when I was thinking that all was lost. I was a great admirer of your dad (mind you I am 58) and am glad that you are really a chip of the old block. Please keep up the pressure and ensure that this cancer is cut off before it spreads. I do hope that in the interest of Indian crickets, your other BCCI members will join you now in throwing this garbage out.

  • chotteguru on May 28, 2013, 16:52 GMT

    Firstly, by owning and/or influencing an IPL franchise, the President has made his own position untennable. Looks like this principle of conflict of interest is not understood at all by BCCI. So please expect very little from the enquiry because the top officials are not really fighting to promote and protect Cricket in India or least are not seen to be doing so. Remember it the Police cracked this last episode, not BCCI's anti corruption unit. AD

  • tanstell87 on May 28, 2013, 16:28 GMT

    @ Parthipan Chandrasekar - CSK best team...no mate they have played 5 finals lost 3 & won 2....they choke in finals....anyways noone wants CSK to go....everyone wants a new owner & new president for the board.

  • Philly.rocks on May 28, 2013, 15:10 GMT

    Its a shame for cricket that Mr. Srinivasan is still occupying the chair of BCCI head and it gives him opportunity to manipulate the investigation and nullify the fair judgement. I feel that its cheating with millions of die hard cricket fans who watched all those IPL matches with great enthusiasm and excitement. Now they came to know some of the games were fixed/spot fixed by players/owners. WOW, cheating at its best. Cheating with the emotion of audiences, cheating with the loyalty of your loyal fans. I think we need to stop watching Indian teams in upcoming Champion League and send these arrogant/autocrate administrators a message that we the regular public/fans should not be played with. We want a fair game, NO Fixed. Nobody should play with our emotion.

  • atheros1672 on May 28, 2013, 15:06 GMT

    Corruption and Spot Fixing have tarnished the world of cricket with fans eyeing every thing that happens on and off the field from the point of view of a critique. If the purity of the sport is to be redeemed, it is time necessary steps are taken. It is that time when some body/committee stands up and takes a stern look at everything that is happenning on and off the field to uproot everything that is evil. Every individual involved in every team and management and even the BCCI should be investigated and ANYONE found guilty regardless of who it is should be brought forward and punished. It is a humongous task, but it has to be done. It is time to clean up the mess. BCCI with its unsatiable hunger for more money has in ways contributed to the attitude of modern day cricketers. Ensuring big stars always play(leading to more revenue for BCCI) means some of the new/good players do not get their chance. It is now a matter of how popular you are rather than how good you are.

  • on May 28, 2013, 14:56 GMT

    @A_N_I on (May 28, 2013, 14:29 GMT) Are you suggesting that we should get Srini as the Union Cabinet Minister for Sports & Games?

  • cricket-is-passion on May 28, 2013, 14:31 GMT

    Match fixing would definitely affect Indian cricket if we don't take serios action especially when IPL is providing lot more money than players used to get in the past. Maybe its just an alligation on Srinivasan's son-in-law and maybe comeout innocent but I would still think Srinivasan has to step out temporarily to make this investigated more smoothly. Hopefully BCCI and Govt take necessary action to stop this freaking fixing otherwise this fixing impacts entire Indian cricket.

  • MaruthuDelft on May 28, 2013, 13:51 GMT

    Mr Srinivasan thinks he earned the position so he must serve the full term irrespective of any results that are caused by BCCI directly or indirectly. Remember when India was loosing match after match in England and Australia he just pretended as nothing happened. He is pathetic.

  • on May 28, 2013, 12:59 GMT

    Better late than never. Good, that it is a "young blood" who cast the first stone, among the 31. Thank you, Scindia.

    I know, that with the support of 8 of the 31, Srnivasan can survive, if he continues to take a mere 'rules' point of view (rules he helped create to protect his position), instead of a moral point of view.

    But if more of "opinion makers" like Scindia voice their views on this clear cut conflict of interest case (which always existed since Srini did bid for a franchise; but has become morally untenable now, till Guru's name gets cleared). It would be good for Indian cricket.

    Hope, there are more genuine cricket lovers.within the BCCI, who will open up. I hope, at some stage the message of the vast majority of the cricket lovers in the country (except those of a bunch of narrow regional jingoists and self-seekeing administrators & commentators ) will finally pierce through one of the thickest skins, one has encountered in Indian Cricket Administratuion's history

  • on May 28, 2013, 12:57 GMT

    Yes i think as a cricket lover,Mr.Srinivasan must step down because if he still stand as a chairman of Indian Cricket board,that is not good for Indian cricket & it may create some opportunities to break the Power of Asian Cricket to non Asian Countries such as Aus & Eng........So Mr Srinivasan must think about what's the wright decision & settle down this completely.....

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  • on May 28, 2013, 12:57 GMT

    Yes i think as a cricket lover,Mr.Srinivasan must step down because if he still stand as a chairman of Indian Cricket board,that is not good for Indian cricket & it may create some opportunities to break the Power of Asian Cricket to non Asian Countries such as Aus & Eng........So Mr Srinivasan must think about what's the wright decision & settle down this completely.....

  • on May 28, 2013, 12:59 GMT

    Better late than never. Good, that it is a "young blood" who cast the first stone, among the 31. Thank you, Scindia.

    I know, that with the support of 8 of the 31, Srnivasan can survive, if he continues to take a mere 'rules' point of view (rules he helped create to protect his position), instead of a moral point of view.

    But if more of "opinion makers" like Scindia voice their views on this clear cut conflict of interest case (which always existed since Srini did bid for a franchise; but has become morally untenable now, till Guru's name gets cleared). It would be good for Indian cricket.

    Hope, there are more genuine cricket lovers.within the BCCI, who will open up. I hope, at some stage the message of the vast majority of the cricket lovers in the country (except those of a bunch of narrow regional jingoists and self-seekeing administrators & commentators ) will finally pierce through one of the thickest skins, one has encountered in Indian Cricket Administratuion's history

  • MaruthuDelft on May 28, 2013, 13:51 GMT

    Mr Srinivasan thinks he earned the position so he must serve the full term irrespective of any results that are caused by BCCI directly or indirectly. Remember when India was loosing match after match in England and Australia he just pretended as nothing happened. He is pathetic.

  • cricket-is-passion on May 28, 2013, 14:31 GMT

    Match fixing would definitely affect Indian cricket if we don't take serios action especially when IPL is providing lot more money than players used to get in the past. Maybe its just an alligation on Srinivasan's son-in-law and maybe comeout innocent but I would still think Srinivasan has to step out temporarily to make this investigated more smoothly. Hopefully BCCI and Govt take necessary action to stop this freaking fixing otherwise this fixing impacts entire Indian cricket.

  • on May 28, 2013, 14:56 GMT

    @A_N_I on (May 28, 2013, 14:29 GMT) Are you suggesting that we should get Srini as the Union Cabinet Minister for Sports & Games?

  • atheros1672 on May 28, 2013, 15:06 GMT

    Corruption and Spot Fixing have tarnished the world of cricket with fans eyeing every thing that happens on and off the field from the point of view of a critique. If the purity of the sport is to be redeemed, it is time necessary steps are taken. It is that time when some body/committee stands up and takes a stern look at everything that is happenning on and off the field to uproot everything that is evil. Every individual involved in every team and management and even the BCCI should be investigated and ANYONE found guilty regardless of who it is should be brought forward and punished. It is a humongous task, but it has to be done. It is time to clean up the mess. BCCI with its unsatiable hunger for more money has in ways contributed to the attitude of modern day cricketers. Ensuring big stars always play(leading to more revenue for BCCI) means some of the new/good players do not get their chance. It is now a matter of how popular you are rather than how good you are.

  • Philly.rocks on May 28, 2013, 15:10 GMT

    Its a shame for cricket that Mr. Srinivasan is still occupying the chair of BCCI head and it gives him opportunity to manipulate the investigation and nullify the fair judgement. I feel that its cheating with millions of die hard cricket fans who watched all those IPL matches with great enthusiasm and excitement. Now they came to know some of the games were fixed/spot fixed by players/owners. WOW, cheating at its best. Cheating with the emotion of audiences, cheating with the loyalty of your loyal fans. I think we need to stop watching Indian teams in upcoming Champion League and send these arrogant/autocrate administrators a message that we the regular public/fans should not be played with. We want a fair game, NO Fixed. Nobody should play with our emotion.

  • tanstell87 on May 28, 2013, 16:28 GMT

    @ Parthipan Chandrasekar - CSK best team...no mate they have played 5 finals lost 3 & won 2....they choke in finals....anyways noone wants CSK to go....everyone wants a new owner & new president for the board.

  • chotteguru on May 28, 2013, 16:52 GMT

    Firstly, by owning and/or influencing an IPL franchise, the President has made his own position untennable. Looks like this principle of conflict of interest is not understood at all by BCCI. So please expect very little from the enquiry because the top officials are not really fighting to promote and protect Cricket in India or least are not seen to be doing so. Remember it the Police cracked this last episode, not BCCI's anti corruption unit. AD

  • VSIMHA on May 28, 2013, 17:16 GMT

    Dear Mr.Scindia, I am only a cricket fan and not connected with any team or coterie. I respect you Sir for your very courageous statement on this whole sordid affair when I was thinking that all was lost. I was a great admirer of your dad (mind you I am 58) and am glad that you are really a chip of the old block. Please keep up the pressure and ensure that this cancer is cut off before it spreads. I do hope that in the interest of Indian crickets, your other BCCI members will join you now in throwing this garbage out.