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Did MV Sridhar’s bluff cost him his job in BCCI?

Lie detected, Board of Control for Cricket in India general manager MV Sridhar has been forced to quit his post.

cricket Updated: Sep 27, 2017 23:09 IST
Harit N Joshi
Harit N Joshi
Hindustan Times, Mumbai
Board of Control for Cricket in India,MV Sridhar,National Cricket Academy
Sources said that MV Sridhar’s bluff to the BCCI office-bearers led to his exit.(PTI)

There is more to the resignation of BCCI General Manager MV Sridhar than meets the eye.

Although the BCCI press release stated that Sridhar had “decided to move on with effect from September 30”, Hindustan Times has learnt that the former Hyderabad skipper was asked to step down following the controversial appointment of trainer Sohum Desai at the National Cricket Academy (NCA). Desai’s association with India’s strength and conditioning coach Shankar Basu has put the latter under the conflict of interest scanner.

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Sources said that Sridhar’s bluff to the BCCI office-bearers led to his exit. “It was clear that Sridhar did not follow the due procedure in the appointment of trainer Sohum Desai. He lied to the Board that all procedures were followed. When the matter was investigated, it came to light that Desai had not appeared for the recruitment test,” a BCCI source said.

Sridhar did not respond to the calls made by Hindustan Times.

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Sridhar, in fact, had recently told PTI that Desai stood second in the exam while justifying the appointment. “The boy stood second in the test and there is no conflict of interest in this case,” Sridhar had told PTI after a NCA-related meeting in New Delhi on September 15.

The Committee of Administrators (COA) took cognizance of the matter on Wednesday and accepted Sridhar’s resignation.

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Sridhar’s controversial past was another reason that led to his exit. Despite notices issued by the COA, Sridhar chose not to disclose that the chargesheet filed by the Anti-Corruption Bureau over alleged misappropriation of funds against Hyderabad officials in 2014 included his name. He also kept the BCCI in the dark about operating five clubs in Hyderabad and reportedly got paid during his tenure at BCCI.

First Published: Sep 27, 2017 23:09 IST