N Srinivasan was the BCCI president when the spot-fixing controversy broke © IANS
Sources reveal it was N Srinivasan (above) and not Shivlal Yadav, interim BCCI president, who presided over the meeting © IANS

By Chander Shekhar Luthra

An official who attended Tuesday’s emergent working committee meeting says sidelined Board of Cricket Control in India(BCCI) president was in charge of the proceedings. It’s our way or the highway! This was the message N Srinivasan and his supporters were trying to send out after the emergent working committee meeting of the BCCI on Tuesday. Well, dna has learnt from a senior official who attended the meeting that the members “even raised questions about the motives of the Supreme Court-appointed Justice Mukul Mudgal panel”.

If this highly-placed source is to be believed, then it was sidelined president Srinivasan and not interim chief Shivlal Yadav who presided over the meeting. “Soon after copies of the report were distributed among the members, the members didn’t take long to give Srinivasan a clean chit,” the source said. “And Srinivasan, who has been asked to stay away from the BCCI’s affairs, was in complete charge of the proceedings.”

Srinivasan and Co. didn’t stop there. They also used some harsh words against the committee appointed by the apex court. “The Srinivasan camp was of the opinion that three state associations — Mumbai, Vidarbha and Punjab — who are part of the anti-Srinivasan group should be suspended for bringing disrepute to the BCCI,” the source said.

There was talk that all legal expenses incurred by the BCCI should be recovered from these associations. The Mumbai Cricket Association is headed by a certain Sharad Pawar, while Vidarbha Cricket Association and Punjab Cricket Association are headed by Shashank Manohar and DP Reddy, respectively. While Manohar, the former BCCI president, is a staunch critic of Srinivasan, Reddy is a close confidante of IS Bindra, also a Srinivasan basher.

It is understood that petitioner Aditya Verma, who is the secretary of the Cricket Association of Bihar, has decided to move an application in the Supreme Court on November 24, the next date of hearing, to summon the audio and video recording of the entire emergent working committee proceedings.

“This is not only shocking but a clear indication that Srinivasan and Co. have scant respect for the judiciary,” Verma said on Wednesday.

 Verma writes to ICC’s legal head

Cricket Association of Bihar secretary Aditya Verma has written to the International Cricket Council’s head of legal affairs, Iain Higgins, alleging violation of its ‘code of ethics’ by ICC chairman N Srinivasan. Verma has cited the violation of codes 2.1 and 3.2. He has also attached a copy of the report submitted by the Justice Mukul Mudgal Committee. Verma wrote that “Srinivasan violated clause 2.1 on a number of occasions, having acted in a manner that denigrates the ICC and harms its public image”. Verma has quoted exhaustively from the Mudgal report which has clearly stated that Srinivasan’s son-in-law, Gurunath Meiyappan, was more than an “enthusiast”. Verma urged the ICC to do a “formal review of violations of the code”.

(Chander Shekhar Luthra is a staffer with DNA. The above news has been republished with permission from DNA, where it first appeared)