Corruption in the IPL

Jagdale and Shirke resign from BCCI posts

ESPNcricinfo staff

May 31, 2013

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The BCCI secretary Sanjay Jagdale in Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Lumpur, June 24, 2012
Sanjay Jagdale, the BCCI secretary, has quit his post following the alleged corruption in the IPL © AFP
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The leadership crisis within the BCCI seems headed towards its endgame with two senior officials - secretary Sanjay Jagdale and treasurer Ajay Shirke - resigning from their posts following widespread criticism of the board's handling of the corruption issues in the IPL. Jagdale and Shirke are second and third in the board's hierarchy and their resignations, while opening up an administrative vacuum, is seen as a message to the president, N Srinivasan, who has insisted on staying in his post in the face of expert and public opinion.

Jagdale also said he would not serve on the three-man commission appointed to conduct the inquiry into Gurunath Meiyappan, India Cements, and the owners of Rajasthan Royals. "I had already requested the president not to keep me there. I had never wanted to be there," he said."

Justice T Jayaram Chouta, one of the two High Court judges on the panel, said the commission would now not be able to function because one of its members had resigned.

"I have resigned from the post of the secretary of the BCCI," Jagdale, who took office in September 2011 when N Srinivasan became BCCI president, told Times Now. "I am deeply hurt with the recent developments in Indian cricket. Let some new faces come and take the responsibility." Jagdale had played 53 first-class matches for Madhya Pradesh, and was a national selector too.

"No, there was no pressure, nobody influenced me. I felt deeply hurt, nothing else, there is no [other] reason behind it," Jagdale told CNN-IBN, when asked if Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association president Jyotiraditya Scindia - who was the first of the BCCI's senior politicians to speak out - had influenced his decision. "I was hurt as a former cricketer, as an administrator, as a cricket lover, I hurt like any of the millions of cricket lovers in India."

Jagdale did not offer opinion on whether Srinivasan should step down as president. "This was my decision, I leave it for Mr Srinivasan, he has been in the game for a longer period than me," he said. "He is capable of taking his own decisions."

Shirke had said on Thursday night that he was not happy with the way the BCCI had handled the issues of spot-fixing allegations against three Royals players and betting charges against Gurunath, a top Chennai Super Kings official and Srinivasan's son-in-law. "Yes that's true [I have resigned]," Shirke, who also began his term when Srinivasan became president, said. "I have spelt out my reason and don't want to comment any more. I have already spoken to the media at length, therefore I have resigned."

There is a possibility that there will be more resignations on Saturday morning from the five BCCI vice-presidents, including that of Arun Jaitley from the north zone and Sudhir Dabir from central zone. Insiders say that Chitrak Mitra from the east has let it be known that he will not quit while the other two vice-presidents, Shivlal Yadav from south zone and Niranjan Shah from the west, remain undecided.

ESPNcricinfo understands that senior BCCI officials had been in constant discussion with Srinivasan, asking him to step aside from his office as board president until the three-man commission completed its inquiry into his son-in-law Gurunath, the Super Kings owners India Cements, and the owners of Rajasthan Royals. Srinivasan, however, had paid no heed to their advice.

Late on Friday, Srinivasan agreed to call for a working committee meeting next week to discuss the corruption issues plaguing the IPL. The date of the meeting is yet to be confirmed, but ESPNcricinfo understands it will be held over the next weekend.

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Posted by Kirk-at-Lords on (June 2, 2013, 6:15 GMT)

As Winston Churchill famously put it, "This is not the beginning of the end, but it is the end of the beginning". It is most definitely NOT about ousting India from world cricket -- that would be the one thing actually worse than what has gone on thus far! What good do such resignations do? They demonstrate the collapse of the current regime of cricketing governance. This obviously encompasses BCCI President Srinivasan (who is looking more and more like King Lear, governing his lost kingdom from an ash pile in a billowing gale), but it goes far beyond personalities. This is not about a few rotten apples in the barrel. It is about the whole barrel rotting away, threatening the whole of the present and future crop. Governance of the entire sport is at stake. Sorry to sound so repetitive like the now-disgraced Mr Srini, but yet one more time I say: Call to order the Cricket Constitutional Convention!

Posted by Bang_La on (June 1, 2013, 11:52 GMT)

Oust India from cricket world, all will be well.

Posted by jaikishan_k on (June 1, 2013, 7:04 GMT)

Extremely sad to see this phase happening to the game I love the most. Why isnt the conflict of interest on Srinivasan's part not obvious to the administrators and ICC ? Why should a committee decide what his son in law's role was with CSK ? Is Mr.Srinivasan indicating that he didnt know and had absolutely no clue as to what the role of Gurunath was with CSK and that an investigative committee should decide the same ? It is very obvoius. How can a so called "enthusiast" have so many privilages ? With his post, calling for a committee and influencing the outcome becomes very easy for him.

I agree with the comments of the gentlemen in this forum .. it is a mere PR exercise by the BCCI (a few resignations). But the man who should be stepping down is still holding on to the chair.

I would like to compliment and support Cricinfo for keeping the fire burning. Its time that the common fans spending their hard earned money to watch a game have an opportunity to see a fair trial.

Posted by ozziespirit on (June 1, 2013, 6:40 GMT)

Looks like this is one huge scandal that won't go away. BCCI need new people at the top and fast if they want to restore any kind of credibility.

Posted by justingemini on (June 1, 2013, 2:35 GMT)

Its being coward to resign and let go the sinking ship at this moment when they are required the most. As a captain (leader) its your responsibility to show the right direction, if there is an issue then they should fix it instead of running away. Its so childish to see these spineless people resigning their posts. I am no ICC or BCCI fan, but I'd appreciate Sreenivasan for his strategic decsion to stay on as a Leader while everythings being investigated. This is not a Fairplay award that the person leaves the field even before the third umpire gives its decision (investigation is completed).

Posted by   on (June 1, 2013, 2:28 GMT)

India has obviously produced many great cricketers and they certainly deserve to be in limelight.

IPL and BCCI has brought India under spotlight. My personal opinion is that IPL was the device BCCI used to generate funds to dominate the cricketing world. How these funds come through was never questioned. There have been many occasions where Authorities crying franchises foul for foreign exchange rules violations. The way these issues handled may have lead to evolve to what we see today. What we see today could be only the tip of the ice burg too!

Right now the situation is getting out of hand and it leads to question the integrity of certain individuals, IPL and BCCI as a whole. It looks like, from limelight to ridiculous!

One should start to work on way back from ridiculous to limelight! World is watching how India handle this matter.

Posted by srinideva on (June 1, 2013, 2:24 GMT)

I don`t see why some of you making so much fuss out of this thing..It is already mentioned that the 3 members committee will work independently and submit the report to Bcci officials (No participation for srinivasan here)...then what u want go and look for the evidence and submit the report to the committee...This is big political game and media just helping them...

Posted by   on (June 1, 2013, 1:09 GMT)

Srini need not wait till the Meeting on 8th. He should step down now honourably and let the investigations take their course. It will be a mess for a while but things will sort out eventually.

Posted by sentb4u on (May 31, 2013, 21:16 GMT)

Good decision!! trend setting!!

Posted by ARad on (May 31, 2013, 21:12 GMT)

This looks like a PR move since I don't see what these resignations accomplish. If they indeed care about cricket, they should remain in their posts and fight for the truth. I am particularly disappointed by the resignation of Jagdale from the commission that was supposed to look into the alleged corruption scandal since that would have allowed him to make a real difference. I still don't see why Srinivasan himself should resign unless it can be shown that he has played a part in the corruption or if he has been interfering in the police or BCCI inquiries. It is unfair to ask someone to resign from a position based on uninformed pressure from the masses and media 'pundits' since as far as I could tell, none of us have seen the evidence.

Posted by bulletbobs on (May 31, 2013, 20:25 GMT)

It looks to me like politics is playing a lot within the BCCI hirerachy. If you are accused of something, and if you have not done anything wrong, you stay and fight rather than just saying "I QUIT". Not a fan of srini, but if he wins after all this?

Posted by   on (May 31, 2013, 18:44 GMT)

Medicine is always hard to take. Need to get rid of the rotten apples from the BCCI from the skin inwards. Corruption is strife in Indian society. This is bigger than BCCI. The lead should come from good governance thus, the Government should draft new laws to eliminate this scrouge from Indian society.

Posted by   on (May 31, 2013, 16:39 GMT)

I have a question for Congress ministers like Rajiv Sukhla, J.Scindia, and others who asked Srinivasan to step down. We have witnessed many corruption charges against UPA ministers. When someone become a prime minister he is more accountable for his council of ministers than his family members.When the ministers are charge sheeted and send to jail ,none of you asked for the resignation of Mr.Man Mohan Singh.Don't you know that the the agency probing all these cases including CBI are coming under MHA and PMO..I am seeing there is a big conflict of interest when the same party men are being investigated by the agencies managed by your own party men.. Why don't you ask PM and HM to step down till the enquiry is over?

Posted by getsetgopk on (May 31, 2013, 16:23 GMT)

The report says "two top officials resigned", I say two most shrewd persons jumped off the sinking ship! The sooner you jumps the farther you can swim away and end up having less burn marks for any future 'comeback'.

Posted by kalyanbk on (May 31, 2013, 16:17 GMT)

I fail to understand how these resignations are going to prevent spot fixing. If you really wanted to cause a difference, you stay and fight for change even if it seems change is not going to happen.

Posted by Batmanindallas on (May 31, 2013, 16:07 GMT)

If Srinivasan joined the administration for welfare of the game-he should quit. His continuance is nothing but a drag on Indian Cricket.

Posted by Subasin on (May 31, 2013, 15:55 GMT)

Time to leave Mr. Srinivasan. And time for a fair inquiry, independent of individual's interference in Cricket.

Posted by Nutcutlet on (May 31, 2013, 15:53 GMT)

We've seen it before -- take the body away & the head must fall... it's only a matter of time.

Posted by Hassan_U on (May 31, 2013, 15:53 GMT)

Seems like everyone will resign but Srinivasan would not. He will run BCCI himself rather then be away from it.

There is no end to this saga !!!

Posted by   on (May 31, 2013, 15:48 GMT)

so i can presume that, we still have good people running Cricket in this country.....I really hope Srinivasan learn something from these two gentlemen who was not even involved with this corruption issue.

Posted by RajeshNaik on (May 31, 2013, 15:47 GMT)

Jagdale is known to be an upright and honest person. He even made a name for himself as an impartial man when he was a member of the selection committee. True to his character he has taken a great decision. At least some honest guys are there in BCCI. Good on Shirke as well. Resignation from these men who are in no way directly connected to the crisis shows how power hungry and shameless others are!

Posted by TheDarkKnight1988 on (May 31, 2013, 15:46 GMT)

Srinivasan learn from them

Posted by rajcan on (May 31, 2013, 15:41 GMT)

It seems secretary and treasurer are two of few people within BCCI who can actually raise voice against corruption. But, have they done justice by resigning. Being president and owner of CSK, have not called for a BCCI meeting yet since the Meiyappan arrest, Mr. Srinivasan is setting a bad example for BCCI. Now these two people resigned instead Mr. Srinivasan resigns, they are allowing a space for two more people to fill their position with Srinivasan's blessings. They should have fought within BCCI.

Posted by krishpsg on (May 31, 2013, 15:41 GMT)

Hope Srini will step down soon.

Posted by sentb4u on (May 31, 2013, 15:38 GMT)

I really feel pity about the guys who posted commented supporting the resignation.. boyz.. these are political games.. pls grow up. do you think they are true.. come on...

Posted by Kudre on (May 31, 2013, 15:37 GMT)

The double standards of the politicians in the Board stands exposed. Willing to disrupt Parliament at the drop of a hat but unwilling to let go of their power in the BCCI, no matter what!! Ban politicians from positions of power in sporting bodies.....let them concentrate on (mis) governing the country!!

Posted by Hassan_U on (May 31, 2013, 15:30 GMT)

Well done guys....lesson for the others to learn yet. At least someone have shown some guts to do the right thing.

Posted by Philly.rocks on (May 31, 2013, 15:14 GMT)

Good decision. At least somebody needs to show sense of humour and self respect.

Posted by Damian123 on (May 31, 2013, 15:10 GMT)

Very well done to both of them and a rairity in Asian cricket administration. The best thing Indian administrators have done to the game of cricket during the last 5-6 years!

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