N Srinivasan is presently the © AFP
N Srinivasan is presently the chairman of the ICC © AFP

Kolkata: Oct 26, 2014

Even as a livid Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has decided to initiate legal proceedings against the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) for abruptly cancelling its tour of India, its sidelined chief and ICC chairman N. Srinivasan on Sunday refused to comment on the issue.

“I am not the BCCI president. So I cannot comment on the issue,” Srinivasan told media persons on the sidelines of a programme here.

Citing the matter as sub judice, he also refused to comment on the Indian Premier League (IPL) spot-fixing issue in which his son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan is allegedly involved.

Srinivasan faced the posers days after the International Cricket Council (ICC) admitted it “does not have the power to intervene” in the dispute between the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and the WICB.

Scheduled to play five ODIs, one T20 and three Test matches during the tour between Oct 8 and Nov 19, the Caribbeans midway cancelled the tour owing to an ongoing pay dispute between the WICB and the West Indian cricketers. A ‘shocked’ BCCI subsequently announced suspension of cricketing tours with the WICB and its decision to initiate legal proceedings.

Srinivasan, along with wife Chitra, was in the city to inaugurate the centenary building of ‘The Refuge’, a 113-year-old orphanage. Admitting he was ‘overwhelmed’ by the occasion, Srinivasan – also the managing director of India Cements Limited, announced a donation of Rs.1 crore to the orphanage which houses 350 inmates and was established in 1901.

Srinivasan, who was felicitated by all the clubs affiliated to the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB), expressed happiness on arrival at the city of Eden Gardens.

“All of us have grown up listening to radio commentaries and trying to imagine the Eden Gardens… from then to come here as the ICC chairman is a long way and I am proud to have come here and be a part of the such magnificent work that is being done here,” Srinivasan said during his address about the iconic stadium.