IPL 2013 spot-fixing controversy: AC Muthiah admits it was 'huge mistake' to bring Srinivasan in administration

AC Muthiah believed that N Srinivasan (above) will not quit easily as no one will raise voice within BCCI © AFP

Chennai: May 26, 2013

Former BCCI president AC Muthiah admitted that recommending present BCCI chief N Srinivasan for the post of Tamil Nadu Cricket Association president years ago was “a huge mistake.” Muthiah had taken Srinivasan to court for ‘conflict of interest’ issues.

In an interview to the Times of India, Muthiah talked about various issues. About his decision to bring Srinivasan into cricket administration Muthiah said, “It was a huge mistake. I thought he would do a good job as I wanted to have someone who has the ability to handle TNCA activities efficiently. But my decision backfired.”

Asked about the reason behind the souring of relations between him and Srinivasan, Muthiah said: “I think he was not happy working under my supervision as he wanted to have total control over TNCA. I gave a free hand to everyone and never interfered in others roles.”
Muthiah said that IPL is a very good product and it must go on, as it “generates a lot of revenue which can be spent on the development of the game. But you have to have good governance in place. No BCCI office bearers should have any stake in an IPL franchise. IPL should be delinked from BCCI and made into a separate entity run by a professional management company,” he said.
Talking about the spot-fixing scandal, Mutiah said: “BCCI is a very powerful body and when its president’s son-in-law gets arrested for alleged betting, it can’t be swept under the carpet. BCCI is answerable to the people of this country. The latest scandal has spoiled its image and the rebuilding process will be a bit difficult.”
Talking of Srinivasan’s future in the BCCI, Mutiah said, “As far as I know Srinivasan, he won’t quit so easily as no one will raise voice within the BCCI. I hope the culprits will be put behind the bars…But this is a completely different case and I don’t think the BCCI administrators or IPL disciplinary committee members will take any action against Srinivasan.”
Muthiah also said that good governance is a must and for a sportsman, discipline is everything and one has to be educated to keep a distance from rotten elements.

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