within the Board for Control of Cricket in India (BCCI) after N Srinivasan’s exit as president have whipped up twin storms. The International Cricket Council (ICC), headed by Srinivasan, has reportedly sent a letter to BCCI chief Jagmohan Dalmiya after pictures emerged of board secretary Anurag Thakur in the company of a suspected bookie.
, meanwhile, media reports accused the Tamil Nadu strongman of hiring a UK-based security company to spy on senior board colleagues in the build-up to the tumultuous annual general meeting (AGM) in March which saw his exit as president.
The board did not make any official comment on either issue following a meeting of its working committee in Kolkata on Sunday.
An ICC source claimed Dalmiya did not act on the letter sent to the Indian board. “We had sent the communication to BCCI president Jagmohan Dalmiya about the person concerned, Karan Gilhotra, and his proximity with Anurag Thakur… It’s up to Dalmiya to clarify how he dealt with the matter,” the source told HT.
Dalmiya, however, said he hadn’t seen the letter. “I haven’t seen the letter that has come to me in the last two days. With respect to this ICC letter, let me go through it and then I can say how are we going to deal with the matter,” said Dalmiya.
The simmering tension between Srinivasan, who is seen to be losing his vice-like grip on the Indian board since Dalmiya and Thakur took over, was palpable. “Dalmiya, in spite of receiving the letter, chose to sit on it. If at all he has failed to communicate the message to Thakur or for that matter other members of the board, he too owes a clarification,” said a member of the Srinivasan camp.
However, Srinivasan himself could face questions over allegations that he, while heading BCCI, hired a private British security agency to spy on senior board officials.
Speaking to HT, the ICC chief rejected the allegations. “I cannot explain this unreasonable allegation that I am responsible for employing a detective agency to snoop. Since the time I have been out of the BCCI, I have had nothing to do with the day-to-day affairs of the board. If at all there is any such thing, then the office-bearers of the BCCI who were in control of the board and its decisions should be asked about that,” he said over phone from London.
The new developments will only stoke the crisis within the BCCI ranks. The Supreme Court-appointed committee of former judges is yet to pronounce its verdict on IPL teams Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals and suggest ways to cleanse the BCCI administration.