After the Justice Lodha committee
imposed a life ban
from all cricketing activities on former CSK official Gurunath Meiyappan – the son-in-law of ICC chief N Srinivasan – a recurring question began doing the rounds again. Should Srinivasan quit as ICC chief after Meiyappan was banned from cricket for betting on the Indian Premier League?
To get a sense of what our readers think, HT conducted a poll and the results showed an overwhelming demand for Srinivasan to quit.
Of the 4,029 voters, 83.82% said Srinivasan must quit and a negligible 14.52% said he can continue. The rest said they did not have an opinion.
However, Srinivasan has been unfazed by the developments and presented a defiant stance, refusing to relinquish his post as the head of the game’s world governing body.
@htTweets he should be kicked from cricketing affairs!!!— Harshal Karkhanis (@harshalkar) July 14, 2015
When the Lodha committee’s verdict was being read out, Srinivasan was addressing the MCC World Cricket Committee members at the Lord’s.
He said: “I don’t want to speak on this issue. I am not associated with CSK anymore. It has nothing to do with me. Why should I step down?”
Social media users too have been vocal about Srinivasan vis-a-vis the IPL spot-fixing scandal. Some users demanded he step down as ICC chief, while many others took to posting satirical comments.
N srinivasan finally nailed— sandeep bamzai (@sandeep_bamzai) July 14, 2015
N. Srinivasan cleared the mafia in cricket including D - company. He can't be blamed for that.— Varun Manian (@Varunmanian) July 14, 2015
Sunil Gavaskar, in an interview to NDTV on Tuesday, said Srinivasan’s commitment to cricket couldn’t be questioned. Reacting to the comment, Twitter user @Venkrek wrote: “When Sunil Gavaskar says ‘N Srinivasan's commitment to cricket cannot be doubted’, You know there’s something seriously wrong with BCCI.”
Nothing seems to have changed. When Meiyappan was arrested on charges of betting on IPL matches, Srinivasan had said it did not render him ineligible.
Defiance has been a vital trait of Srinivasan’s personality as has been evident from his various tenures with the BCCI, be it as treasurer, secretary or president. It was only after the Supreme Court’s intervention in March last year that he stepped down as BCCI president. And it will probably require another such strong initiative if he is to give up his post as the head of ICC.