More embarrassing information tumbled out of police interrogation of Gurunath Meiyappan on Friday. He was warned by ICC to keep away from bookies at the start of T20 League, pushing his father-in-law and BCCI president N Srinivasan further to the corner as the chorus for his ouster grew.
On the other front, pressure mounted on Srinivasan with three top BCCI officials reportedly asking him to convene an emergency meeting to discuss the current crisis. An early meeting of the BCCI is not ruled out, sources said.
Iconic player Sachin Tendulkar on Friday lent his voice of concern over the "shocking and disappointing" developments that have rocked Indian cricket in the last two weeks and asked the authorities to take sincere steps to get to the root of the issue.
Mumbai Police sources claimed that during interrogation Gurunath, arrested on charges of betting, had told investigators that he was warned by officials of the anti-corruption unit to keep away from suspicious characters.
They said Gurunath did not use the word bookies apparently because it was obvious to him and to the police that he was dealing with a bookie like Vindoo Dara Singh and allegedly placing bets.
"Be careful, I have been warned," Meiyappan had told actor Vindoo Randhawa who is also under arrest in the case. This is part of Meiyappan's statement to the crime branch, the source said, adding Vindoo has corroborated it.
The source declined to reveal the name of the Anti-Corruption and Security Unit (ACSU) official and said they were yet to corroborate it with the ICC.
"We are yet to corroborate Meiyappan's statement with ICC and we at the moment don't even know if any person by that name (given by Meiyappan) exists," he said.