New Delhi: After the naming of four individuals in the Mudgal Committee report, former Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president Shashank Manohar urged every individual connected with the game to preserve the dignity and integrity.
On Friday, a bench of Supreme Court made revelations of individuals who were probed for their alleged roles in the spot fixing and betting in the 2013 edition Indian Premier League (IPL).
Manohar said that "The Board and the game of Cricket is bigger than any individual and it is the responsibility and duty of every individual connected with the game to preserve the dignity and integrity of the Game."
The 57-year-old also contested that N Srinivasan's "egoistic and autocratic behaviour" has tarnished the image of the Indian cricket board. "The image of the Board is tarnished by the actions and the attitude of Mr Srinivasan. The gentleman's game as the game of cricket has long been known and the reputation of the Board is at its lowest due to the egoistic and autocratic behaviour of one individual."
The court on Friday revealed that N. Srinivasan, his son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan, Rajasthan Royals co-owner Raj Kundra and former IPL CEO Sundar Raman were investigated by the court-appointed inquiry committee. All four were also asked to be present in person during the next hearing on November 24.
Manohar also questioned cricket board's decision to postpone the Annual General Body Meeting, scheduled for November 20, saying it was against the constitution of the cricket body.
"It appears that during the hearing, as soon as the names of Srinivasan and Meiyappan were disclosed, the Counsel for the Board made a request for the postponement of the AGM and elections scheduled to be held on 20th Nov. Once the date of the AGM was fixed by the Working Committee, the same could not and cannot be altered by any Office Bearer of the Board as they do not have authority to do so.”
He wondered if the decision to postpone the AGM was taken at the behest of Srinivasan.
“It is thus evident that the instructions given to the Board counsel are only with an intent to suit Mr Srinivasan as that would ensure that he still remains a back seat driver. The moot question that needs to be answered is - Who gave the Board counsel instructions to plead for postponement of the AGM," he said.
With agency inputs