Corruption in IPL May 30, 2013

More calls for Srinivasan to step down

ESPNcricinfo staff
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The calls for BCCI president N Srinivasan's resignation continue to grow with the BCCI treasurer Ajay Shirke and several state associations joining the chorus. Srinivasan is embroiled in controversy after his son-in-law and Chennai Super Kings official, Gurunath Meiyappan was arrested during the IPL on betting allegations.

Srinivasan on Sunday had said in a press conference that he had not been asked to resign by any BCCI official. However, the Punjab Cricket Association president IS Bindra, the Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association president Jyotiraditya Scindia and the president of the Hyderabad Cricket Association G Vinod have all called for the BCCI chief to step down over the past few days.

"Looking at the interest of the board I would definitely consider the option of staying away from the inquiry had I been in that position, I mean stepping down till the process is over," Shirke told Indian news channel Times Now. "The credibility of the board and the perception in which it is operating is taking a beating and increasingly so. Given the continuous media speculation and the resulting damage to the image of the board, it is important that this is put to rest."

Shekhar Salkar, vice-president of Goa Cricket Association, claimed that Srinivasan has "no other option" but to resign to ensure an impartial probe into Gurunath's involvement. Salkar said Srinivasan could come back to his position as BCCI president if Gurunath was proven innocent.

"He has to resign, there is no other option," Salkar said. "How can you continue when your son-in-law is involved, he is involved with Chennai Super Kings, it is just not possible to have an impartial probe till he resigns. For the sake of BCCI's credibility, in my personal opinion, he should resign till the probe is on. If it is declared that he did nothing wrong and he is proved innocent then he can come back as BCCI president. But at least till the probe is complete, he should step down."

Former India player and Delhi & District Cricket Association vice-president Chetan Chauhan also asked for Srinivasan's ouster, at least till the inquiry is on. "For the good of cricket, Mr. Srinivasan should step down," Chauhan said. "Once the inquiry is completed he can come back. Crores of cricket fans have been hurt by this scandal. Their faith needs to be restored."

The BCCI on Tuesday had announced the appointment of a three-member committee to investigate Gurunath's involvement with Super Kings as a top official. The committee comprises BCCI secretary Sanjay Jagdale and two retired high court judges.

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  • joseyesu on May 31, 2013, 8:39 GMT

    India has seen many scams with ministers, that does not mean the PM has to resign. At best he can frame tougher rules. The same applies here. At best he can stay from position till the enquiry finishes

  • GrindAR on May 31, 2013, 2:22 GMT

    A wrong doing of an adult SON do not legally bind a FATHER. In that case, a wrong doinbg of a SIL..., wait a minute... guys go to kinder garden and start your education from LKG please

  • ARad on May 30, 2013, 17:15 GMT

    Asking someone to resign from a position before the facts have been proven in a court of law is unfair. Even if N Srinivasan is able to indirectly apply pressures on the independent inquiry that is being run by BCCI, there is also an independent police case. Further, I don't think I will be too happy if I were to be the scapegoat for the action of one of my employees (let's say my son-in-law) that cannot be monitored by me. If there is evidence that CSK did not follow any of BCCI's existing anti-corruption safeguards then they should be punished for that. If there is evidence that Srinivasan had any role in any illegal activities, he should not only be sacked but should be subjected to criminal prosecution. OTOH, why are people ok with punishing someone based on rumors? All we know right now is that Gurunath allegedly betted and associated with alleged gamblers. We don't even know what he betted on yet. I think we should all hold our horses for now.

  • ThatsJustCricket on May 30, 2013, 16:30 GMT

    "How can you continue when your son-in-law is involved, he is involved with Chennai Super Kings, it is just not possible to have an impartial probe till he resigns" - that is exactly the point. Everyone realizes it, only Srinivasan keeps playing blind.

  • Clyde on May 30, 2013, 15:37 GMT

    Interesting to consider how much the problem is cross-cultural. Owning a team, as I understand Mr Srinivasin's company does, and administering in a disinterested manner don't go together from the point of view one culture, whether this culture is held by people of Indian background, on one hand, or Western, on the other. From the opposite perspective, Mr Srinivasin's position must for a long time have been perfectly tenable. What is this opposite perspective, exactly? I would like to read more about it.

  • shahzaibq on May 30, 2013, 15:33 GMT

    Does the constitution of BCCI not have a 'no confidence' type clause? If so many of the board members are against him holding office during this investigation, why can they not vote him out? Maybe not permanently, but at least suspend him till the investigation is over. In the world's largest democracy's largest sports body, democracy is apparently not an option.

  • jackthelad on May 30, 2013, 15:10 GMT

    It would make no practicable difference; this newest scandal is just another tip of the iceberg. Tautology of the day: in a country where money runs cricket, cricket will be run by money.

  • madras_boy on May 30, 2013, 14:56 GMT

    Put it other way round, He will resign if he has done / doing something wrong. Why indict a person for his son-in-law problems !!! Personally, i don't want him to resign until he is proved guilty...

  • Thyagu5432 on May 30, 2013, 13:26 GMT

    I am not even sure why everybody is targetting only Srinivasan? Gurunathan Meiyyappan is just one character involved in this whole mess. Whereas we have several others who all combine to make up this mess and Mr.Rajiv Shukla, being the head of IPL, should actually take responsibility for this. All this gunning for Srinivasan's head is all staged and media is playing along for whatever reason.

  • gosh70 on May 30, 2013, 12:39 GMT

    The way indian police conducting investigation is awsome. They should expose all of those corrupt players and officials no matter how many big names comes up.

  • joseyesu on May 31, 2013, 8:39 GMT

    India has seen many scams with ministers, that does not mean the PM has to resign. At best he can frame tougher rules. The same applies here. At best he can stay from position till the enquiry finishes

  • GrindAR on May 31, 2013, 2:22 GMT

    A wrong doing of an adult SON do not legally bind a FATHER. In that case, a wrong doinbg of a SIL..., wait a minute... guys go to kinder garden and start your education from LKG please

  • ARad on May 30, 2013, 17:15 GMT

    Asking someone to resign from a position before the facts have been proven in a court of law is unfair. Even if N Srinivasan is able to indirectly apply pressures on the independent inquiry that is being run by BCCI, there is also an independent police case. Further, I don't think I will be too happy if I were to be the scapegoat for the action of one of my employees (let's say my son-in-law) that cannot be monitored by me. If there is evidence that CSK did not follow any of BCCI's existing anti-corruption safeguards then they should be punished for that. If there is evidence that Srinivasan had any role in any illegal activities, he should not only be sacked but should be subjected to criminal prosecution. OTOH, why are people ok with punishing someone based on rumors? All we know right now is that Gurunath allegedly betted and associated with alleged gamblers. We don't even know what he betted on yet. I think we should all hold our horses for now.

  • ThatsJustCricket on May 30, 2013, 16:30 GMT

    "How can you continue when your son-in-law is involved, he is involved with Chennai Super Kings, it is just not possible to have an impartial probe till he resigns" - that is exactly the point. Everyone realizes it, only Srinivasan keeps playing blind.

  • Clyde on May 30, 2013, 15:37 GMT

    Interesting to consider how much the problem is cross-cultural. Owning a team, as I understand Mr Srinivasin's company does, and administering in a disinterested manner don't go together from the point of view one culture, whether this culture is held by people of Indian background, on one hand, or Western, on the other. From the opposite perspective, Mr Srinivasin's position must for a long time have been perfectly tenable. What is this opposite perspective, exactly? I would like to read more about it.

  • shahzaibq on May 30, 2013, 15:33 GMT

    Does the constitution of BCCI not have a 'no confidence' type clause? If so many of the board members are against him holding office during this investigation, why can they not vote him out? Maybe not permanently, but at least suspend him till the investigation is over. In the world's largest democracy's largest sports body, democracy is apparently not an option.

  • jackthelad on May 30, 2013, 15:10 GMT

    It would make no practicable difference; this newest scandal is just another tip of the iceberg. Tautology of the day: in a country where money runs cricket, cricket will be run by money.

  • madras_boy on May 30, 2013, 14:56 GMT

    Put it other way round, He will resign if he has done / doing something wrong. Why indict a person for his son-in-law problems !!! Personally, i don't want him to resign until he is proved guilty...

  • Thyagu5432 on May 30, 2013, 13:26 GMT

    I am not even sure why everybody is targetting only Srinivasan? Gurunathan Meiyyappan is just one character involved in this whole mess. Whereas we have several others who all combine to make up this mess and Mr.Rajiv Shukla, being the head of IPL, should actually take responsibility for this. All this gunning for Srinivasan's head is all staged and media is playing along for whatever reason.

  • gosh70 on May 30, 2013, 12:39 GMT

    The way indian police conducting investigation is awsome. They should expose all of those corrupt players and officials no matter how many big names comes up.

  • on May 30, 2013, 12:32 GMT

    I say that Srinivaan should be the Chairman till the AGM, but after that the Board has to take a decision, following which, no politician should be able to run for the office of BCCI chairperson, rather only a person with no political ties.

  • on May 30, 2013, 12:29 GMT

    BCCI itself should be terminated as it is just a trust and not the govt authority for Indian cricket players.

  • thinkgood on May 30, 2013, 12:00 GMT

    Why do these people want Srinivasan's blood? Do they have something to be afraid of if Srinivasan stays as President of BCCI? I am certain more and more I hear this from media that Srinivasan should resign, that he should stick around and clean up this mess. He is strong and capable of cleaning up the mess . I want him to stay.

  • on May 30, 2013, 11:44 GMT

    @TheUltimateTruth . Couldn't have stated it better. Yes; Srinivasan "should step down until the investigation concerning his son-in-law is over"

  • TheUltimateTruth on May 30, 2013, 9:53 GMT

    There are two conflicts of interests here. One is owning an IPL team while also being the BCCI board president, the other is being in an official position where one could either directly or indirectly influence the outcome of an investigation concerning his son-in-law. Right or wrong, the first conflict of interest has been allowed to exist thus far and Srinivasan did nothing against the rules in buying an IPL team. If this was a problem, BCCI members should have stopped him then, or at least not gone on to further elevate him within the BCCI. The second conflict of interest is a real problem, and he should step down until the investigation concerning his son-in-law is over.

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  • TheUltimateTruth on May 30, 2013, 9:53 GMT

    There are two conflicts of interests here. One is owning an IPL team while also being the BCCI board president, the other is being in an official position where one could either directly or indirectly influence the outcome of an investigation concerning his son-in-law. Right or wrong, the first conflict of interest has been allowed to exist thus far and Srinivasan did nothing against the rules in buying an IPL team. If this was a problem, BCCI members should have stopped him then, or at least not gone on to further elevate him within the BCCI. The second conflict of interest is a real problem, and he should step down until the investigation concerning his son-in-law is over.

  • on May 30, 2013, 11:44 GMT

    @TheUltimateTruth . Couldn't have stated it better. Yes; Srinivasan "should step down until the investigation concerning his son-in-law is over"

  • thinkgood on May 30, 2013, 12:00 GMT

    Why do these people want Srinivasan's blood? Do they have something to be afraid of if Srinivasan stays as President of BCCI? I am certain more and more I hear this from media that Srinivasan should resign, that he should stick around and clean up this mess. He is strong and capable of cleaning up the mess . I want him to stay.

  • on May 30, 2013, 12:29 GMT

    BCCI itself should be terminated as it is just a trust and not the govt authority for Indian cricket players.

  • on May 30, 2013, 12:32 GMT

    I say that Srinivaan should be the Chairman till the AGM, but after that the Board has to take a decision, following which, no politician should be able to run for the office of BCCI chairperson, rather only a person with no political ties.

  • gosh70 on May 30, 2013, 12:39 GMT

    The way indian police conducting investigation is awsome. They should expose all of those corrupt players and officials no matter how many big names comes up.

  • Thyagu5432 on May 30, 2013, 13:26 GMT

    I am not even sure why everybody is targetting only Srinivasan? Gurunathan Meiyyappan is just one character involved in this whole mess. Whereas we have several others who all combine to make up this mess and Mr.Rajiv Shukla, being the head of IPL, should actually take responsibility for this. All this gunning for Srinivasan's head is all staged and media is playing along for whatever reason.

  • madras_boy on May 30, 2013, 14:56 GMT

    Put it other way round, He will resign if he has done / doing something wrong. Why indict a person for his son-in-law problems !!! Personally, i don't want him to resign until he is proved guilty...

  • jackthelad on May 30, 2013, 15:10 GMT

    It would make no practicable difference; this newest scandal is just another tip of the iceberg. Tautology of the day: in a country where money runs cricket, cricket will be run by money.

  • shahzaibq on May 30, 2013, 15:33 GMT

    Does the constitution of BCCI not have a 'no confidence' type clause? If so many of the board members are against him holding office during this investigation, why can they not vote him out? Maybe not permanently, but at least suspend him till the investigation is over. In the world's largest democracy's largest sports body, democracy is apparently not an option.