Ap­peals get louder, but Srini won’t walk

Sharad Pawar joins cho­rus against BCCI chief, calls for home min­istry probe into T20 league games

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MUM­BAI/NEW DELHI: The bounc­ers are com­ing thick and fast but the ‘sea­soned bat’ that he is, In­dian cricket board chief N Srini­vasan doesn’t seem to be in a mood to oblige the op­pos­ing team, which, at least on the face of it, is adding new mem­bers by the day.

Some of the big­gest names in coun­try’s cricket ad­min­is­tra­tion Wed­nes­day joined the “go Srini­vasan” cho­rus. The first off the block were two of his strong al­lies till now — the T20 league chair­man Ra­jeev Shukla and BCCI vice- pres­i­dent Arun Jait­ley. Soon, protest­ing voices were em­a­nat­ing from all the five zones.

BCCI sources said Jait­ley called up Srini­vasan, whose twoyear term ends in Septem­ber, late on Tues­day and Wed­nes­day morn­ing again, urg­ing the Chen­nai in­dus­tri­al­ist to step aside. “Jait­ley and Ra­jeev Shukla had in fact met Srini­vasan on the eve of fi­nal at Kolkata to im­press upon him to step aside,” said a se­nior BCCI of­fi­cial.

Srini­vasan, how­ever, re­mained adamant and said he had done no wrong. He in­sisted that Shukla’s com­ments were a mere re­it­er­a­tion of what he had said ear­lier. He also vis­ited the BCCI head­quar­ters dur­ing the day.

De­mand­ing a home min­istry probe into all the 75 matches played in the Sea­son 6 of the T20 league, agri­cul­ture min­is­ter Sharad Pawar said,“… the govern­ment.. can in­ter­ro­gate any­body. They have le­gal sanc­tion.”

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BCCI pres­i­dent N Srini­vasan at the board head­quar­ters in Mum­bai on Wed­nes­day.

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