N Srinivasan responsible for BCCI mess, says Shashank Manohar

Shashank Manohar (right) has said that N Srinivasan should have resigned as BCCI president once his son-in-law was accused of betting © Getty Images

Oct 3, 2013

Shashank Manohar, the former Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president has hit out at his successor N Srinivasan in the wake of all the controversies that have hit Indian cricket in the recent times. Manohar claimed that there is evidence that Gurunath Meiyappan was Chennai Super Kings’ team principal and that Srinivasan doesn’t have the right to continue as the chief of the board.
Speaking to Mumbai Mirror, Manohar said, “If you had the slightest of conscience, self-esteem and care for the board, you ought to have put in your papers the moment your son-in-law was arrested. You did nothing and as a result the board’s reputation has taken a hit to the extent that the people have lost faith in this board.”
About the Meiyappan issue, Manohar said that the truth would come out that he was in fact the Team Principal and that there was evidence for it. Manohar also made it clear that the Board’s reputation had taken a hit because of Srinivasan. He also revealed that he had been asked by Jagmohan Dalmiya to contest the recent elections. Apart from that Manohar mentioned that Srinivasan is interested in protecting the people close to him, which includes his team.
He also said that Srinivasan was responsible for breaking the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) guidelines when the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2009 was hosted in South Africa. “It led to all the cases. But remember, not just the IPL 2 mess, even today’s mess is his doing. I am not saying this. The whole country, including the Supreme Court, is saying this.”

Recently, Manohar had filed an affidavit in the Bombay High Court. That was in relation to getting relief for the cases that happened during his time at the helm. The BCCI did not take a kind view of that during their Annual General Meeting (AGM).

Manohar said, “Till today I’ve kept myself away from the board. But my silence should not be taken as a weakness. I’ve committed no wrong. I’ve a clean image and nobody doubts my integrity. I only went to the court because some board members, particularly Srinivasan, did not act as per the collective decisions of the working committee.”