On a day when the Supreme Court sought replies from the Indian cricket board and its president about the constitution of an IPL inquiry panel, there was uncertainly over whether N Srinivasan would attend the BCCI’s emergent working committee meeting on Sunday.
Srinivasan, who stepped aside as president, was a touch philosophical when contacted on Friday. “Rupee is in a freefall. The country is in crisis and there’s gloom everywhere. What does it matter if I attend a BCCI meeting or not,” he said.
Cricket Association of Bihar’s Aditya Verma, the petitioner, described Friday’s Supreme Court’s decision “a moral victory”.
He threatened to bring a charge of contempt against Srinivasan should the latter decide to attend the emergent working committee meeting.
BCCI vice-president Niranjan Shah said that the ball was in Srinivasan’s court when it came to him attending the working committee meeting.
“See, there’s no bar on Srinivasan attending the meeting. It’s a question of moral propriety and it varies from person to person. Srinivasan himself is the best judge in this situation and we can’t enforce anything on him,” Shah told The Indian Express. However, Verma said that if Srinivasan attends the working committee meeting it would only put the Board of Control for Cricket in India in a deeper mess.
On the top of the agenda of Sunday’s emergent working committee meeting is fixing the date of the BCCI’s Annual General Meeting (AGM), scheduled to be held in the last week of September. However, the question being raised in certain quarters is whether or not the interim arrangement with Jagmohan Dalmiya as interim president will force a postponement of the AGM.
“I don’t think so. There’s no problem in holding an AGM with an interim head looking after the BCCI’s day-to-day affairs,” Shah said.
SC issues notice to BCCI on probe
Express news service
New Delhi, August 30
The Supreme Court on Friday sought replies from the BCCI and its president N Srinivasan on a petition for a court order to appoint a fresh panel to probe alleged irregularities in the IPL.
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