Crisis-hit BCCI boss N Srinivasan seemed to be losing his iron grip on the board Friday as two senior colleagues resigned amid speculation that all five vice-presidents would follow suit.
It also emerged that he may have ignored specific warnings from the International Cricket Council (ICC), especially about his son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan’s links to bookies, way before Season 6 of the domestic T20 league got underway.
In what could be the beginning of an exodus in the board over the spot-fixing scandal, Sanjay Jadgale stepped down as honorary secretary and Ajay Shirke as treasurer, saying they were hurt by the recent developments. Jagdale also excused himself from the board’s three-member panel formed to investigate the allegations against Meiyappan.
“I thought it would be better to get out so that new faces come in and deal with it in a better way,” the Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association chief, who is number two in the BCCI, said.
Maharashtra cricket chief Shirke said, “I have spelt out my reasons. I don’t want to comment further.”On Thursday, he'd said, "The credibility of the board and the perception in which it is operating is taking a beating."
It all started looking bad for the BCCI boss after TV news channel CNN-IBN reported that it had accessed transcripts of telephone conversations between Meiyappan and Vindoo Dara Singh in which the Chennai Super Kings executive is heard telling the actor-bookie: "The ICC has warned them (the BCCI?) about me."
According to the channel, in the conversations, Meiyappan warns Vindoo to be careful and gives him instructions to put money on a particular over, specifying how many runs will be given.
CNN-IBN said Srinivasan has denied getting any alert from the world body The BCCI's game development manager, Prof Ratnakar Shetty, also said the board was not contacted by the ICC with any information on Meiyappan.
A senior officer with the Mumbai Police crime branch, however, told HT Meiyappan has claimed he was warned orally by an official of the ICC's anti-corruption and security unit. The officer said Meiyappan had identified the ICC official "but we wouldn't like to disclose (the name) without verification".Earlier, an increasingly isolated Srinivasan convened an emergency meeting of the BCCI's working committee sometime next week. But with the two resignations in the latter half of the day, board insiders said he may not last that long and the next 48 hours could see the endgame played out.