Jaywant Lele

Jaywant Lele questioned the double standards of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Photo Courtesy: Sudatta Mukherjee

Sep 14, 2013

Jaywant Lele, the former Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) chief has slammed the body for its “double standards” and has also said that the President N Srinivasan is “equally guilty.” Lele was speaking about the bans handed out to the accused players in the Indian Premier League (IPL)  2013 spot-fixing controversy. Earlier, the franchise owners were given “clean-chits” for their alleged involvement in the betting scandal.  

Speaking to NDTV, Lele said, “Don’t you think there are double standards on the part of the board? What happened to the earlier case? What did (Gurunath) Meiyappan do? He also betted and confessed to the police that he did it along with Vindoo Dara Singh. So it is misconduct.”

Lele also said that Srinivasan was clearly guilty and that there was no question, “What about Srinivasan? Why is the board quiet about it? He is equally guilty. There is no question about it.”

In such situations of misconduct, Lele said that the BCCI constitution says that the particular person has to leave. He said, “I know the BCCI constitution very well. It is clearly written that if an owner or his close relative commits misconduct, they have to go.”

The accused players Shanthakumaran Sreesanth and Ankeet Chavan were handed life bans by the BCCI on Friday. Amit Singh would be out for five years, whereas Siddharth Trivedi is banned for one. A decision on Ajit Chandila would come later.