Almost two months after being brought back as interim head of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), Jagmohan Dalmiya cast doubts on his role while conceding these are troubled times for the board.
N Srinivasan's smooth return to the BCCI helm received a jolt on Tuesday
after the Bombay High Court ruled that the two-member panel that found no evidence of wrongdoing against India Cements, which owns Chennai Super Kings, or Rajasthan Royals co-owner Raj Kundra was illegal. Asked if it was the biggest crisis faced by the BCCI, Dalmiya said: "It puts us in an embarrassing position."
But Dalmiya's comments suggested he was being kept out of the loop. When asked how the damning court verdict could affect the board, he surprised a room full of media persons by saying he had not received any communication on this from the BCCI headquarters in Mumbai.
"I have very limited knowledge about this in the past 24 hours," he said. "I have not received any official communication. We have to wait for that to arrive from the BCCI headquarters. Unless I'm informed, I'm not in a position to pass on any information."
It was difficult to imagine how details of such a significant development had not been passed on to the interim president, who also happens to be the lone voice of the board to the media.
While Srinivasan was quoted as saying that he will attend Friday's working committee meeting in Delhi, it's still not clear whether he will represent the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association or return in his capacity as the BCCI president.
It has however been learnt that since this has become a legal issue, the BCCI top brass will take its time to find a solution. The picture might be clearer on Thursday.
So, does the BCCI have no information on the verdict or is it only Dalmiya?
"Don't know about BCCI, but I don't have any information," he said. Isn't he still the interim president?
"I don't know who's having that position," laughed Dalmiya, clearly indicating his reluctance to discuss that issue.