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What triggered move?

india Updated: Jun 01, 2013 01:34 IST
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In a dramatic turn of events on Friday evening, BCCI secretary Sanjay Jagdale and treasurer Ajay Shirke relinquished their posts throwing the world's richest sport body into complete disarray.

And if the two resignations were not enough, report of all the five BCCI vice-presidents contemplating resignation started doing the rounds though nothing materialised till late. While one of them denied the report, another left the question open saying anything could be said with certainty only on Saturday.

Arun Jaitley, Shivlal Yadav, Chitrak Mitra, Niranjan Shah and Sudhir Dabir are the vice-presidents, who represent five zones in the BCCI.

Ironically, the two senior members decided to put in their papers when the defiant BCCI chief N Srinivasan finally agreed to hold an emergency meeting of working committee next week.

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However, even as Jagdale and Shirke resigned, several questions remained unanswered. The mystery deepened further as these outgoing BCCI office bearers declined to furnish specific reasons for resignation.

The BCCI insiders claimed that the mass resignation was always in the offing, given the defiant approach adopted by Srinivasan. "Three of the key office bearers including Jagdale and Shirke had threatened to resign by Thursday evening even before the emergency working committee meeting was called," said BCCI sources.

"It was pretty clear that these three members along with few others were not pleased with the way the fixing scandal was being handled. They were also unhappy with the way Srinivasan has refused to pay any heed to demands of stepping down till the probe, which has been ordered against his son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan, gets completed," sources added.

"I have resigned from the post of the secretary of the BCCI," Jagdale confirmed to a news channel soon after stepping down. "I am deeply hurt with the recent developments in Indian cricket. Let some new faces come and take the responsibility." Jagdale said adding he was aware of Shirke's resignation too.

Jagdale assumed the office of BCCI secretary in September 2011 along with N Srinivasan, who took over as the president.

Shirke, who on Wednesday has threatened to quit, also confirmed his resignation.

Former India cricketer Madan Lal believed this (resignation) was the only option left with the BCCI members and more resignations are in the offing come Saturday. Another former India cricketer Anshuman Gaekwad said the resignation was a joke. "They should have made up their minds in Kolkata. But things changed after ICC's allegations. They are looking after their association's interests. Why didn't this happen in the meeting before the T20 league final," he said.