Srini takes timeout, Dalmiya returns for second innings
While Indian cricket battles its worst crisis, the men running the game enacted one big farce in Chennai as an embattled BCCI chief N Srinivasan agreed to “step aside” and let old warhorse Jagmohan Dalmiya to take charge temporarily. POLL: Is BCCI moving in the right direction? | How Srinivasan gave inindia Updated: Jun 03, 2013 01:53 IST
In the end it was more of the same.
While Indian cricket battles its worst crisis, the men running the game enacted one big farce in Chennai as an embattled BCCI chief N Srinivasan agreed to “step aside” — not step down — and let old warhorse Jagmohan Dalmiya to take charge temporarily.
Srinivasan successfully held on to his post as president, allowing an emergency meeting to keep him out only till an internal probe into the spot-fixing and betting scandal is completed. The inquiry is expected to take around six weeks.
At the end of a day, which saw the board's internal manipulations at its best, Srinivasan limited damage despite the betting and spot-fixing inquiry against his son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan, a senior Chennai Super Kings official now in Mumbai crime branch's custody.
There were various accounts of what conspired in the much-hyped BCCI emergency meeting but one things was clear that clean-up of cricket was the last thing on the agenda.
The outcome is seen more as a victory for Srinivasan, who later said “no one challenged me and it was a smooth meeting”. Punjab cricket chief IS Bindra, one of the 24 BCCI members to attend the meeting, claimed that he did.
The senior board members asking Dalmiya, the powerful former BCCI and International Cricket Council (ICC) president, to take charge is seen as a successful attempt to keep out a strong challenge mounted by supporters of former administrator and union agriculture minister Sharad Pawar.
BCCI vice-president and senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley, whose name was also suggested for interim chief, played a crucial role in softening the blow on Srinivasan, sources said. He suggested the name of former president, Shashank Manohar and when Srinivasan rejected it, put forward the name of Dalmiya.
“Mr Jaitley has had his way in this meeting. Most of the suggestions came from Mr Jaitley, including the appointment of Mr Dalmiya,” Bindra said.
Sources said not just Jaitley, but Rajeev Shukla, who stepped down as IPL chairman on Saturday, and BCCI joint secretary Anurag Thakur also appeared to have tilted the scales in favour of Dalmiya, who returns to BCCI after seven years.
Credited with turning cricket into a money-spinner in India, the Bengal cricket chief, who turned 73 on May 30, was forced out on charges of financial misappropriation, which were later dropped.
Another major news that came out of the meeting was the farcical manner in which the inquiry panel was constituted.
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First Published: Jun 02, 2013 13:33 IST