Cricket Association of Bihar (CAB) secretary Aditya Verma, whose legal action led to the axing of Srinivasan as BCCI Supremo in the IPL spot-fixing scandal, says BCCI President in-exile N Srinivasan acted like a “puppet” to grant England fast bowler James Anderson a clean chit, fearing a backlash from the England and Australia boards. 

“With N Srinivasan acting like a puppet, the Jadeja-Anderson spat was mishandled by BCCI and India came a cropper and proved a laughing stock in the world. This is because of Srinivasan and his cronies at the BCCI,” Verma told the media on Saturday as he also raised doubts over IPL COO Sundar Raman representing the BCCI on the issue. 

“We wonder why Srinivasan acted in such a timid manner. Was he worried that he would offend the England and Australia associations because he became ICC chairman by their support? He not only diluted but masked the whole issue. He allowed England board and ICC to almost highjack the matter and settle it in their favour.”

Verma spoke of a hidden, unspoken understanding between Srinivasan and the ECB, which led to Anderson escaping punishment despite having reportedly of his misconduct. “While Anderson, as per reports, himself admitted of his misconduct, the ICC allowed him to go scot free. And it all happened with Srinivasan at the helm of affairs. Under the circumstances, would we believe that there was some understanding between him and the ECB so the Anderson was not punished,” Verma further added.

Srinivasan defended the ICC’s ‘Code of Conduct’ yesterday and said that cricket’s governing body was “not considering” a complete overahaul of a code of conduct which had come under sufficient scrutiny after the ‘Pushgate’.

“The latest statement of Srinivasan that the ICC Code of Conduct need no overhauling goes against the interest of Indian cricket,” Verma added, as he urged former BCCI Chiefs Sharad Pawar and Jagmohan Dalmiya to take a stand and save the board. 

BCCI was left red-faced after the ICC rejected BCCI’s appeal against Judicial Commissioner Gordon Lewis’s verdict declaring Anderson not guilty in his spat with Ravindra Jadeja.