Time to clean up Indian cricket, BCCI prestige at stake, says Jagmohan Dalmiya
Former BCCI Chief Jagmohan Dalmiya has admitted on Thursday that following the SC’s proposals to sack N. Srinivasan and suspended CSK and RR from Indian Premier League VII, the Indian cricket board’s “prestige was at stake” and he has called for a complete clean up of Indian cricket.
Dalmiya was however treading cautiously as he refused to answer whether the BCCI should ask current President and ICC Chief wannabe N. Srinivasan to quit from his post.
Dalmiya addressed the media hours after the highest judicial body proposed the sacking of Srinivasan and put forward the name of much-respected former captain Sunil Gavaskar for the top job in Indian cricket administration. The SC’s verdicts also included a proposal to suspended the two tainted franchises – Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals from the IPL – until there is closure in the spot fixing and match-fixing cases.
Dalmiya read out a “series of measures” he had suggested last year as interim BCCI supremo while N. Srinivasan stepped aside to allow the spot fixing probe involving his son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan to be carried out.
“I am extremely confident that if those suggestions are adhered to, the brand image of the IPL can be cleaned. Today the SC has come up with a proposal for the betterment of Indian cricket and to ensure a clean-up of the sport of cricket. It is undoubtedly evident that Indian cricket is at crossroads with the BCCI’s prestige at stake,” Dalmiya opined.
Dalmiya urged the BCCI members to unite for the sake of Indian cricket and ensure that the clean-up process that the apex court has forcefully insisted upon is allowed.
Dalmiya sounded like a man of action as he said that the image of the glamourous Indian Premier League needs to be cleaned after the scandals of the past year. “It is also indeed the time to immediately transform the recommendation and propsals into action without any further delay for a cleaner sport and for a cleaner IPL.”
Dalmiya ducked a question on whether Srinivasan should step down, arguing that the matter was subjudice.
“I just say that Indian cricket can return to its former glory if we joined hands to clean-up the game. Why go to that extent that our action has to be explained?”
When asked whether the seventh edition of the IPL should be held amidst all the controversies. “If you are unable to fix the problems you’ve to suspend it. But collectively we’ve to see if we can work out a better solution.”
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