The controversy over alleged snooping involving the former BCCI President and ICC Chairman N Srinivasan has taken a new turn as a former BCCI official has claimed that the board, headed by Srinivasan then, never spied on its members but they only tried to stop the hacking problem that had come into picture after Lalit Modi’s dismissal from the board.
The current officials in the board are getting to the depth of the matter. Newly appointed BCCI Secretary Anurag Thakur has issued a reminder notice to the former interim board president Shivlal Yadav and former secretary Sanjay Patel, asking them to provide the details of expenses incurred on information technology. Thakur has shot out the letter twice, on May 5 and May 9, to the former office bearers but hasn’t got a reply from them yet.
However, a former official, told The Indian Express that the board didn’t spy but were trying to counter the hacking problem after Lalit Modi’s ouster from the BCCI in 2013. According to the official, it was then that the ECB advised that the BCCI hire the services of an England-based company, which provides services to many government agencies in USA.
It is learnt that ECB too had faced a similar hacking issue in the past and that is why, they advised BCCI to hire the services of the well-known anti-hacking company.
“There had been many instances when we sent internal mails and after few minutes we saw tweets about it. A London based company was hired to protect BCCI’s mails and there was no spying
“We never spent so much money ($900,000) as has been quoted in the media. It was done to protect the BCCI,” said the official.