Appeals get louder, but Srini won’t walk
Sharad Pawar joins chorus against BCCI chief, calls for home ministry probe into T20 league games
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.