There is no revolt in BCCI: Srinivasan

Last Updated: Mon, May 27, 2013 09:39 hrs

Kolkata: Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president N Srinivasan on Sunday said there is no revolt in the Indian cricket board to oust him in the wake of his son-in-law's arrest in the IPL fixing and betting scam and reiterated that he would not resign.

"I have explained many times. I have done nothing wrong. I have again said I will not allow myself to be railroaded, pushed, or threatened to quit," he told a press conference in Kolkata ahead of the IPL final in the city, adding that there is a trial by media against him.

The press conference of Srinivasan comes on a day when the BCCI suspended its president's son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan who was arrested by the Mumbai Police crime branch after he was named in the Indian Premier League (IPL) scam by arrested Bollywood actor Vindoo Dara Singh for indulging in alleged illegal betting.

Srinivasan said he has a job to do and he will do it fairly and he is not responsible for anything done by somebody else, who may be a relative.

"I'm not an accused, I have had no role in this. If a relative has, let the law take its course," he said. 

He said the BCCI is united and with him and they would restore the faith of people in the game.

"No member of the BCCI has asked for my resignation. The inquiry commission will deal with it and they will go into it. I don't think it is necessary for me to go further on this. We wait for the report [of the inquiry committee]. I am not a part of it," he said.

He said a panel or commission independent of BCCI will also probe the issue of Gurunath Meiyappan. The panel will have one member outside the BCCI, he said. He said this panel will also probe the management of Rajasthan Royals. 

He said his team Chennai Super Kings (CSK) is owned by India Cements and it has been supporting cricket for last 50 years when there was no money in cricket. He said India Cements supports many cricket teams and CSK is just one more team.

The BCCI earlier in a statement on suspension of Meiyappan said :"Pending further investigations and any subsequent hearing by the BCCI Disciplinary Committee or the IPL Code of Behaviour Committee, Mr Meiyappan has been suspended by the BCCI from any involvement in the sport of cricket and in particular from any involvement with the Chennai Super Kings team."

The BCCI said it has taken note of the detention by the Mumbai police of Gurunath Meiyappan, who is a member of the team management of Chennai Super Kings.

"As an accredited team official, Mr Meiyappan is subject to the provisions of the IPL Operational Rules and the BCCI Anti-Corruption Code for Participants," it said.

BCCI officials met with officers from the Mumbai police on the evening of May 23 and said it will continue to offer all assistance to the police and regulatory authorities.

The murky Indian Premier League (IPL) spot-fixing scandal reached at the doorstep of India's cricket board chief and a team owner on Friday night with the Mumbai Police arresting Gurunath Meiyappan for his alleged involvement in the illegal betting after he was summoned for quizzing.

There has been a clamour for the resignation of the BCCI chief too but as of now he has been able to garner enough support to remain in the hot seat. Srinivasan is the Managing Director of India Cements Limited that owns the team Chennai Super Kings.

Srinivasan attended a dinner in Kolkata Saturday night hosted by Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) president Jagmohan Dalmiya and reports said the dinner was an occasion for him to clinch the support in his favour.

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