IPL 2013 spot-fixing row: BCCI convenes emergency meeting next week

N Srinivasan is under increasing pressure to resign as BCCI President © AFP

Mumbai: May 31, 2013

Cornered on all fronts, beleaguered BCCI President N Srinivasan has convened an emergency meeting of the cricket body’s working committee next week but the date and time will be known on Saturday.

“In consultation with office bearers the president has decided to call for a working committee meeting next week. The date and time will be informed tomorrow (Saturday),” BCCI’s general manager for game development, Ratnakar Shetty, told reporters in Mumbai on Friday.

Srinivasan has been under fire from several quarters, including from BCCI’s units, after his son-in-law and Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Chennai Super Kings owner Gurunath Meiyappan was arrested by Mumbai police on May 24 for alleged links with bookies.

Pressure has been mounting on the defiant Srinivasan, who has kept repeating that he had done no wrong, to leave his post while investigations by the police vis-a-vis Meiyappan’s suspected links with bookies are underway.

Among those baying for his blood are key Board functionaries like Jyotiraditya Scindia (who is on the disciplinary panel probing charges of irregularities against former IPL chairman Lalit Modi).

Even Sachin Tendulkar on Friday lent his voice of concern over the “shocking and disappointing” developments and asked the authorities to take sincere steps to get to the root of the issue.

The impassioned plea by Tendulkar, one of the greatest- ever cricketers, could have been the proverbial last straw that forced Srinivasan to change his mind and convene the emergency meeting to discuss the issue.

“It has always hurt me when the game of cricket is in the news for the wrong reasons. The developments in the last two weeks have been shocking and disappointing,” Tendulkar said in a statement.

“During this difficult phase, I join every cricketer, from the boys in the maidans across the country to those who represent clubs, states and the country, who trust the authorities to take sincere steps to get to the root of the issue.

“The faith reposed by the millions of fans should be justified and we owe it to them to ensure that Indian cricket is all about pride and joy,” the statement said.

Read more stories on IPL 2013 spot-fixing controversy

Catch live updates of IPL 2013 spot-fixing controversy here