N Srinivasan confidante Sundar Raman may not attend ICC meetings again

  • Sai Prasad Mohapatra, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Apr 28, 2015 15:32 IST

On the sidelines of the BCCI working committee meeting held in Kolkata on Sunday, it was decided that IPL COO Sundar Raman will not attend ICC meetings anymore. This comes after board secretary Anurag Thakur had announced earlier this month that the BCCI would reconsider its representation at the world body - currently N Srinivasan represents BCCI at the ICC - after the ICC AGM in September.

Raman has been attending ICC meetings since Srinivasan took over as BCCI president in 2011, and was involved with day-to-day functioning of the ICC since June last when Srinivasan took charge as chairman. Now that Srinivasan no longer holds a post in the BCCI, members have questioned the decision to send Raman for ICC meetings. In the past, Raman had also faced criticism for drafting the restructuring by the 'Big Three' of world cricket.

Raman under scanner

Raman is also under the scanner for his alleged role in the spot-fixing scandal. The IPL COO has filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court after the Mudgal Committee report stated that he knew "a contact of a bookie and contacted him eight times in one season", but claimed to be "unaware of his connection with betting activities".

The report also said that he had received information about CSK's team official Gurunath Meiyappan and Rajasthan Royals co-owner Raj Kundra's involvement in betting, but did not act.

"We have discussed about his (Raman's) ICC representation but haven't decided anything yet. But you will get to know if he is going for the next ICC meeting or not," said Jagmohan Dalmiya, BCCI president.

Strong note

A member who was present at the working committee meeting told HT: "The BCCI has taken a very strong note of Raman's tenure as IPL COO besides his involvement in ICC matters. Since we have the IPL underway, it will send a wrong signal to the world. But rest assured once the IPL is over, Raman will have a lot of answering to do and can expect some stern action."

The development has brought some relief in the corridors of the ICC as personnel at its headquarters in Dubai were wary of losing their jobs following a stricture issued by Raman on downsizing staff strength.

"It's not his fault. It's up to the BCCI to send its representatives. Ideally, one of the office bearers is designated to attend, since no one was going, Raman started attending ICC meetings because of his proximity to Srinivasan. Now that we have the mandate we will rectify that," said another member of the ruling camp.

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