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IPL spot-fixing: Omar guns for BCCI chief's head

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Jammu, May 25, 2013
First Published: 21:48 IST(25/5/2013) | Last Updated: 21:50 IST(25/5/2013)

Demanding resignation of BCCI chief N Srinivasan, chief minister Omar Abdullah on Saturday said if the apex cricketing body was committed to the game than it should not shy away in sacking people who are heading it.

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"If the BCCI is committed to cricket then heads must roll. Cricket has to be cleaned and a clean product be given to people," said Omar while talking to media at the sidelines of a function held along Indo-Pak border in Jammu on Saturday.

He made this demand a day after Sharad Pawar's National Congress Party had demanded resignation of BCCI chief N. Srinivasan after his son-in-law's name figured in the investigations into the IPL spot fixing scandal.

Omar Abdullah, who himself is a avid sports lover, though without naming also hit out at BJP leader Arun Jaitely, who is one the five vice-presidents of the BCCI, for being quiet on the issue.

He said while some leaders in opposition were going all out for resignation of union ministers Ashwani Kumar and Pawan Bansal, they were quiet when it came to cricketing body.

"I believe same politicians can't apply double standards when it comes to cricket. I think same standards should be applied by them to an institution like BCCI." said Omar.

Omar Abdullah said the steady stream of scams has hit the credibility of IPL.

"If  IPL has  to be revived it has to be cleaned. I am not talking as politicians but as general lover of cricket. I am unlikely to switch on the TV and watch the finals," said Omar Abdullah.

He said the sports bodies should be headed by the sports people and has even talked about it to his father, union minister Farooq Abdullah, who is a BCCI member, about it.

"Politicians should do only politics, leave sports to sports people."


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