Senior BCCI functionary Jyotiraditya Scindia on Tuesday said cricket board president N Srinivasan should step down to avoid a conflict of interest in the ongoing investigations into allegations of betting in the T20 tournament.
"This is my personal opinion. In the interest of propriety and in the interest of the game at this point of time when there is a question mark surrounding an individual, a team and the manager of that team who happens to be a family member, I believe in all sense of the word propriety that Srinivasan must step aside," said Scindia, who is the Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association president and chairman of BCCI's finance committee.
"From my point of view, not for a second am I assuming that anybody is guilty. If you consider the conflict of interest he is in as one of his family members is alleged of wrongdoing, then propriety demands that he should step aside. I would have done the same had I been in his place. Willy-nilly we are responsible for the wrongdoing of our family members to some extent. Example has to be set from the top," he said.
Srinivasan, Scindia said, can be re-instated if his son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan is absolved of charges after investigation.
"Let the inquiry take place and in the event that he is completely clear, certainly he should be reinstated. But at this time when cricket needs to be cleansed and when there is a question mark at the top, it would be in the interest of the game that Srinivasan steps aside."
Asked if he would speak to like minded people in the BCCI to put pressure on Srinivasan to resign, he said, "It is for BCCI to collectively decide on the future course of action. If required I would speak to him. At this point of time, I have not been able to be totally involved in this issue. I have been busy in my home state in the last 2-3 days. I won't do things in haste. I have not spoken to anybody and nobody has spoken to me also on this issue. I will do in what manner I think is fit for me to do".
Scindia, who is also a member of the board’s disciplinary committee probing the alleged financial irregularities by former IPL chairman Lalit Modi, said nobody from the BCCI had asked for his opinion and he had not spoken yet to anybody in the board on the raging spot-fixing issue.
"Nobody from BCCI had asked for my opinion and I have not spoken to anybody. With regard to meeting of BCCI, I am not a part of working committee and not invited there. I am chairman of finance committee and part of disciplinary committee. Whatever responsibilities are entrusted to me I have discharged them with commitment," he said.
Scindia said the board should take responsibility of the whole mess cricket is in today in the wake of spot-fixing scandal and take corrective steps.
"Cricket has suffered because of this spot-fixing scandal. As administrators of the game, BCCI should take responsibility of this. Cricket needs to be cleansed and it can be done with a set of rules which can be imposed and also enforced strictly," he said.