Australian press slams 'dictatorial' Srinivasan over May's ouster

Last Updated: Tue, May 07, 2013 06:54 hrs

Melbourne: The Australian media has said that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) secretary N. Srinivasan may be the most destructive figure of the game. 

According to the Herald Sun, Srinivasan has continued his destruction of the game's credibility by having Australian Tim May dumped from the International Cricket Council's (ICC) influential cricket committee by using blatant stand over tactics. 

The report further said that the BCCI threatened countries to ensure that the majority of Test captains voted against May, who was a constant critic of the BCCI in his role as chief executive of FICA - the international players union. 

Terming Srinivasan, who is also owner of the 91 million-pound worth Chennai Super Kings franchise in the IPL, as arrogant and dictatorial, the report said that he is the greatest example of all that is wrong with cricket, particularly on the sub-continent and in Africa. 

According to the report, BCCI rules Indian cricket with a hard fist, rejecting any notion of good governance and free speech, which was evident in Srinivasan's unilateral rejection of a major review last year attempting to revamp the ICC's disgraceful governance. 

The report also mentioned that the BCCI also threatened some captains with the sack by their boards if they did not vote for Indian commentator and former leg-spinner Laxman Sivaramakrishnan ahead of May, a former Australian off-spinner. 

Support for May evaporated from nine of the 10 Test captains to just four, Australia, England, New Zealand and South Africa, as India threatened to withhold tours and other favours which would cost countries millions in television rights, the report also said. 

May had reflected vast international player support for improved governance and the Decision Review System, which has significantly improved the number of correct umpiring decisions, the report added. 

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