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BCCI should sack Srinivasan if it is committed to cricket: Omar

india Updated: May 25, 2013 20:07 IST
Tarun Upadhyay

Chief minister Omar Abdullah demanding the resignation of BCCI chief and said that if the apex cricketing body is committed to the game then it should not shy away in sacking people at top.

“If BCCI is committed to cricket, then which ever heads have to roll, cricket has to be cleaned out and a clean product has to be given to the 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 spot-fixing scandal.

Omar Abdullah, who himself is an avid sports lover, though without naming also hit out at BJP leader Arun Jaitely for being quiet on the issue.

He said while some leaders in the opposition, pretending to be great protectors of morality, go all out for the resignation of union minister Ashwani Kumar and Pawan Bansal on mere suspicion, they remain quiet when it comes to the cricketing body.

Arun Jaitley is one the five vice-presidents of the BCCI.

“I believe same politicians can’t apply double standards when it comes to politics and when it comes to cricket. The same politicians demand ministers' heads on the basis of allegations when nothing was proven against them. I think same standards should be applied by them to an institution like BCCI if there is suspicion,” said Omar.

“If the Indian T20 League has to be revived it has to be cleaned. I am not talking as a politician but as a general lover of cricket. I am unlikely to switch on the TV and watch the finals,” said Omar Abdullah.

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

“Politicians should do only politics leave sports to sports people,” said he.

Earlier in his address, Omar said cricketers who were earning much more than a common person were undone by greed.

“They were earning huge money but were undone by greed and now are languishing in jail,” said Omar.

The CM, without naming Gurunath Meiyappan, the son-in-law of BCCI chief N Srinivasan, said the multi-billionaire is behind bars because he wanted to earn more even by gambling and his reputation has been ruined at international level.