Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : June 2nd 2013 Contents With the very structure of the BCCI in
danger, the board s working committee will
meet in Chennai at 2.30 pm on Sunday, the
second such emergency meeting in a fort-
night, to discuss issues of the fallout of the
corruption scandal in the IPL.
One of the major points of interest in Sun-
day s meeting is whether BCCI president N
Srinivasan resigns, or steps aside temporarily
until the commission appointed to look into
his son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan, the top
Chennai Super Kings official arrested on
charges of betting, the Super Kings owners
India Cements, and the owners of Rajasthan
Royals, completes its inquiry.
At the moment, it is more likely that Srini-
vasan will step aside temporarily, and if that
is the case the working committee will have
to nominate an acting president.
"If the president steps aside for a limited
period, the constitution doesn t prohibit the
working committee from nominating any
BCCI member, irrespective of the zone he
represents," a BCCI source told ESPNcricinfo.
Former board president Shashank Manohar
and current vice-president Arun Jaitley are
frontrunners for the post of acting president.
There is a remote possibility of the working
committee being presented with a request to
convene a Special General Body or Extraor-
dinary General Meeting of the BCCI, to initiate
impeachment proceedings against the pres-
ident. Even though ten members may present
their letters seeking impeachment procedure
to be initiated, Srinivasan might not resign,
and they will find it difficult to get the 3/4th
majority required to remove the president.
Perhaps considering such a possibility, most
of the five vice-presidents who were consid-
ering resignation on Saturday morning, decided
to delay their decision at least until the meeting
There is also the possibility of the meeting
being declared illegal, if any of the members
object to the legality of the meeting, because
as per regulations the working committee
requires three days notice before it is convened.
However, before Srinivasan s future is decid-
ed, the working committee will have to recon-
stitute the commission that was going to probe
Gurunath, India Cements and the owners of
the Royals. On Friday night, BCCI secretary
Sanjay Jagdale resigned his post because he
was hurt by the developments in Indian cricket
and also said he would not serve on the three-
member commission, which included two
High Court judges.
With Justice T Jayaram Chouta, one of the
two independent members on the commission,
saying the inquiry could not be held because
of Jagdale s resignation, the working committee
will have to name a replacement.
Apart from Jagdale, the BCCI treasurer Ajay
Shirke also resigned on Friday, leaving two of
the top three offices in the board vacant. It
will be up to Srinivasan to name their suc-
cessors, since the BCCI constitution only gives
the president the power to fill vacancies.
The previous working committee meeting
was held in Chennai on May 19, in the wake
of spot-fixing allegations against the three
arrested Rajasthan Royals players, and between
then and now Gurunath was arrested on
charges of betting and links with bookies.
That created a misunderstanding between
BCCI members, given Srinivasan s close links
to Gurunath in terms of franchise official and
However, instead of calling for a meeting
and taking members into confidence, like he
did when the Royals players were arrested,
Srinivasan refused to resign his post and
remained defiant despite outrage in the media
and among the public. The deterioration of
the situation culminated in Jagdale and Shirke s
resignations on Friday evening.
The meeting in Chennai is an opportunity
for Srinivasan to gauge the situation. While
some representatives of BCCI s affiliated units
have asked for Srinivasan s resignation while
speaking to the media in personal capacity,
no state board has made its official stance
clear. Srinivasan is likely to appeal to the mem-
bers to keep the "board games" aside, with
the credibility of Indian cricket at stake because
of the corruption issues in the IPL.
June 2, 2013 www.guardian.co.tt Sunday Guardian
Rajiv Shukla has resigned as IPL chair-
man, following the scandal over alleged cor-
ruption in the league. His decision to stand
down comes less than 24 hours after the
resignations of two top BCCI officials, sec-
retary Sanjay Jagdale and treasurer Ajay
Shirke, and on the eve of a crucial BCCI
working committee meeting in Chennai,
where the future of N Srinivasan as board
president is expected to be decided.
On Saturday evening, Shukla told PTI: "I
have decided to quit as IPL chairman. It is
a decision that I was pondering over for some
time. I think it is time to step down. Sanjay
Jagdale and Ajay Shirke resigned in the best
interest of Indian cricket. I thought this is
the right time."
Shirke, responding to news of Shukla s res-
ignation, said the challenge now lay in how
to move forward.
"It is his decision. He s in the eye of the
storm, he must have realised the gravity of
what he felt," Shirke told Times Now.
"It is never too late, the question is what
are the steps being taken from now on to
restore the faith and restore transparency. No
one is able to pinpoint the faults and what
steps should be taken."
Shukla took over as IPL chairman at the
BCCI s Annual General Meeting in September
2011, from Chirayu Amin. The tenure is for
a year, but can be extended at the board s
AGM. Shukla, who was reappointed as chair-
man in 2012, had gone on record saying he
would not extend his term at this September s
IPL 2013 has been plunged into controversy
over the past two weeks, following the arrests
of three Rajasthan Royals players for alleged
spot-fixing, and Chennai Super Kings official
Gurunath Meiyappan---the the son-in-law of
board president N Srinivasan, who is also the
managing director of Super Kings owner,
India Cements---for alleged betting.
Apart from Shukla, the IPL s governing
council comprises Arun Jaitley (Delhi District
Cricket Association), Anirudh Chaudhary
(Haryana Cricket Association), Amitabh
Chaudhary (Jharkhand CA), Sanjay Patel (Bar-
oda CA), Ganga Raju (Andhra CA), MP Pan-
dove (Punjab CA), and former India Test crick-
eter and current television commentator Ravi
Meanwhile Jagdale, who resigned as BCCI
secretary on Friday, said a "massive clean-
up job" is necessary following the controver-
"The spot-fixing and betting scandal has
badly dented the image of cricket. A massive
clean-up job is required to overcome this,"
he said. "But this will take time as the damage
done is very big.
"It is very difficult to stop fixing in cricket
and BCCI has its own limitations, but the
board can strengthen its surveillance and curb
the menace of fixing.
"At the same time, the BCCI will have to
take strict action against cricketers who are
found guilty. To earn the faith of fans, the
BCCI administrators will have to show deter-
mination and work as a unit."
Whether Srinivasan, under mounting pres-
sure, will step aside as board president---at
least temporarily, until the inquiry into
Gurunath, India Cements and Rajasthan Roy-
als owners is complete---is likely to be
answered on Sunday, following the BCCI s
emergency meeting. Jagdale said he would
not consider returning to the BCCI even if
"I am not even looking at the possibility
of coming back into the BCCI s fold. I think
I am done with my innings."
Rajiv Shukla resigns as IPL chairman
Crucial BCCI working committee meeting on Sunday
IPL CEO Sundar Raman, chairman Rajiv Shukla, Mumbai Indians team owner Nita Ambani, and Kolkata Knight Riders co-owner Shahrukh Khan
at a press conference at the end of the 2012 player auction, Bangalore, February 4, 2012.
N Srinivasan arrives at a press conference in
Kolkata on May 26.
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