In a severe blow to BCCI president N Srinivasan, two senior board officials quit on Friday piling more pressure on him to step down on a day he decided to convene a Working Committee meeting and information spilled out that the ICC had warned his son-in-law to keep away from bookies at the start of IPL-6.
Ajay Shirke, who had earlier threatened to resign if Srinivasan did not step down or convene a meeting, resigned as board treasurer. As if on cue, BCCI secretary Sanjay Jagdale, secretary of the Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association headed by Jyotiraditya Scindia, too resigned. He didn’t want to be a part of the enquiry committee that was constituted, either. The resignations indicate that some kind of revolt is brewing in the BCCI which could push Srinivasan to a lonely corner, where he might be left with few options. “I am deeply hurt with the recent developments. I have expressed my inability to join the probe,” Jagdale said. The BCCI, said Chief Administrative Officer Ratnakar Shetty, has decided to hold a Working Committee meeting next week, the date and venue of which will be decided on Saturday.
Meanwhile, Mumbai Police sources said that during questioning Gurunath Meiyappan had said he was warned to avoid suspicious people. They said Gurunath did not use the word bookies apparently because it was obvious to him and to the police that he was dealing with a bookie like Vindu Dara Singh and allegedly placing bets. “Be careful, I have been warned,” Gurunath had told Vindu. After interrogating the duo, the police believe ICC issued the warning on Gurunath getting unauthorised people in the CSK team enclosure and thereby giving them access to the players.
The BCCI and ICC have denied the allegations on Gurunath’s activities.