<div class="img-caption-wrap "> <img alt="N Srinivasan has numbers to back him in BCCI: Jagmohan Dalmiya" src="https://st2.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/cricket/image_20130529220207.jpg" title="N Srinivasan has numbers to back him in BCCI: Jagmohan Dalmiya" /> <p class="imgcaptionnew" style="width:618px;"> Jagmohan Dalmiya said that If Srinivasan knew he was short of even one vote or had doubts, he would have walked away © Getty Images</p> </div> <strong>Kolkata: May 29, 2013</strong><br /> <br /> Former BCCI President <a href="/tags/Jagmohan-Dalmiya/post" target="_blank">Jagmohan Dalmiya</a> on Wednesday remained evasive on the mounting demand for the resignation of Cricket Board chief <a href="/tags/N-Srinivasan/post" target="_blank">N Srinivasan</a> but also dismissed reports that he had advised him not to resign.<br /> <br /> "Who am I to say this or that? I have nothing to do. Why will one listen to me?," he said in reply to a volley of questions on whether he would ask Srinivsan to quit in the wake of the <a href="/tags/spot-fixing/post" target="_blank">spot-fixing</a> scandal that has rocked the <a href="/tags/IPL/post" target="_blank">IPL</a>.<br /> <br /> "This is a golden opportunity to clean cricket. Dirt in cricket has gone down deep and no one is bothered," he said about the current scandals surrounding Indian cricket.<br /> <br /> "Instead of asking Srinivasan to resign, clean cricket. If people are serious, they should use this opportunity and cricket can be cleaned," the <a href="/tags/CAB/post" target="_blank">CAB</a> president said.<br /> <br /> Asked about the appointment of a three-member commission to go into the current allegations, he said it is "very very good".<br /> <br /> Replying to a question about media reports that he had backed Srinivasan after his Saturday dinner, Dalmiya said it is "nonsense" that I have asked him not to resign. "I am not defending anybody".<br /> <br /> "It makes me really allergic. I have not taken sides on Srinivasan resigning or anyone's side. I have not spoken to anyone on the issue, not even Srinivasan. This matter was not discussed in the Saturday dinner party."<br /> <br /> He said he had not taken a stand and he would discuss all the issues with his colleagues in the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB).<br /> <br /> "Cricket took me to the post of ICC president. I am grateful to ICC and nations, nothing wrong happened then. I got so much from world cricket. It pains me all of us are maligned. IPL cannot be given a clean chit."<br /> <br /> Dalmiya said that Srinivasan may have the numbers with him and that could be the reason why he has not stepped down.<br /> <br /> "Srinivasan, I think, has the numbers not to resign. If Srinivasan knew he was short of even one vote or had doubts, he would have walked away", he said.<br /> <br /> When told that two of the the judges in the inquiry commission hailed from South, he said "why there's a need for a three-member commission to clean cricket?".<br /> <br /> "Spot fixing is a relative term. It needs to be discussed. To clean cricket, make people feel what's clean and what's purely entertainment. People know what is clean and not clean cricket."<br /> <br /> "Tournaments like offshore cricket, Singapore cricket had been stopped," he added.<br /> <br /> Asked about Indian skipper MS Dhoni's prolonged silence on the issue, Dalmiya said, "I've no idea about it."<br /> <br /> Dalmiya later stated in a press conference at the <a href="/tags/Eden-Gardens/post" target="_blank">Eden Gardens</a> that the IPL should be stopped "temporarily" if need be.<br /> <br /> But he also said that IPL cannot be held solely responsible for all the mess in cricket.<br /> <br /> "It's not just because of IPL but it is a golden opportunity to clean up."