Reasons why Srinivasan must go
Reasons why Srinivasan must goindia Updated: May 25, 2013 23:19 IST
On moral grounds
As president of the BCCI, the least N Srinivasan could have done was to have been proactive and evenhanded after the scam broke. While the board banned cricketers S Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan, no action has been taken against CSK – owned by Srinivasan and his son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan – although Gurunath has been arrested and has violated the clause 12.3(C), which stipulates that a franchise can be terminated by the BCCI/league if any franchise and/or franchise owner act in any way that has an adverse effect on the reputation of BCCI/league.
Conflict of interest
Srinivasan is the BCCI chief. The BCCI, along with the governing council of the T20 league, is responsible for probing any irregularity in the league. With the controversy now setting base around the Chennai Super Kings (CSK), Srinivasan – vice-president and managing director of India Cements, which owns CSK – will have to probe his own team – and, by extension, his son-in-law and himself – if the BCCI were to initiate a probe on CSK.
This isn’t the first time that the BCCI’s image has been sullied during Srinivasan’s regime. There have been allegations of individual misdemeanours (Lalit Modi in 2010), contract breaches (Kochi Tuskers in 2011), and infighting (Pune Warriors in 2012 and 2013) in the league before. He has also gone out of his way to save MS Dhoni’s job as India's captain after India lost eight consecutive Tests in England and Australia and a series at home against England after 28 years.
Srinivasan’s tenure as the BCCI president is one of the most controversial in the board’s history. The board has had several run-ins with the ICC on various issues, including the much-debated DRS. Srinivasan has also failed to maintain cordial relations with most other cricket boards.
First Published: May 25, 2013 23:17 IST