BCCI bats for Srinivasan, Sundar Raman after Mudgal panel report

  • Agencies, New Delhi
  • Updated: Nov 18, 2014 21:38 IST

An emergency meeting of the BCCI working committee in Chennai Tuesday decided to support Indian Premier League (IPL) chief Sundar Raman, while rescheduling the cricket board's annual general meeting (AGM) for Decemeber 17.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) meeting also supported president-in-exile N Srinivasan, saying the allegations against him were baseless and aimed at destabilising the organisation.

The Mudgal panel that has conducted a probe into spot-fixing allegations in IPL 2013 has blamed Srinivasan for not acting against a cricketer who violated the code of conduct. But it said International Cricket Council (ICC) chairman himself was never involved in match-fixing nor did he try to scuttle the probe into the scandal.

Srinivasan, considered the most powerful man in world cricket, was among top officials probed by a Supreme Court-appointed panel looking into scandals in the cash-rich IPL. The report, to some extent, cleared the way for his comeback as head of the sport in India.

Reacting to the report, BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel said, "The members noted the conclusions in the final report of the Mudgal committee and felt that there is no taint on the conduct of Mr N Srinivasan and the allegations levelled against him by unscrupulous elements were baseless and were aimed at destabilising the working of the BCCI."

On the other hand, the report said Sundar Raman had admitted to knowing that Gurunath Meiyappan of Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Raj Kundra of Rajasthan Royals (RR) were involved in betting but did nothing about it, which means he could lose his job if he cannot furnish a proper explanation.

The report also said that Raman had been in touch with a bookie.

Meiyappan is the son-in-law of Srinivasan and an official of IPL franchise CSK, while Kundra is a co-owner of another team Rajasthan Royals.

However, the BCCI decided to support the tainted IPL boss.

"Mr Sundar Raman gave his explanation relating to his role with reference to the conclusions relating to him in the report of the Mudgal committee. The members heard his explanation and decided that the board should support Mr Sundar Raman to represent himself before the Supreme Court," Patel said.

Patel also added that the working committee postponed the 85th AGM, originally scheduled for November 20, and it would now be held in Chennai December 17.

The Supreme Court hearing on the same case is November 24.

The BCCI had postponed its November 20 annual general meeting during which Srinivasan was expected to contest elections for the president's post - by another four weeks after the Mudgal panel report was taken up by the apex court on Friday.

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