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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  • Tanmay 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.

  • vas 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?

  • Dummy4 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?!

  • Jo 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.

  • vageesh 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 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!

  • Mani 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.

  • vas on May 28, 2013, 20:44 GMT


    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?

  • Shahid 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.

  • Dummy4 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..

  • Tanmay 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.

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