Arun Jaitley: When insiders get into betting, it transforms into fixing

Arun Jaitley (left) said that he had suggested the name of Shashank Manohar for the BCCI top post © AFP

New Delhi: Jun 4, 2013

BCCI Vice-President Arun Jaitley has expressed his cynicism over the outcome of the Working Committee meeting held in Chennai on Sunday. The senior BJP member also showed concern over the spot-fixing issue being linked to N Srinivasan’s son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan.

While speaking to NDTV Jaitley said, “When insiders get into betting, it transforms into fixing and it is a huge challenge. It makes me uneasy.”

Jaitley who took part in the meeting via video conferencing said that he suggested Shashank Manohar’s name as an ideal candidate to take charge of the affairs in BCCI. Since Manohar wasn’t part of the meeting Jagmohan Dalmiya’s name was accepted by the members.

When asked about his reaction on Srinivasan’s defiance on resigning, Jaitley said he was “not fully satisfied with outcome of BCCI meeting”. About Dalmiya’s appointment as Working Group chief, he said, “I would have been happier with cordial arrangement on day one. There is no reason to doubt that Dalmiya will not do a reasonable job, he is a senior administrator committed to the game.”

“What we achieved was we put an alternative in place and I would like to give that a chance, to see whether they can clean up cricket,” he added.

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