Srinivasan new BCCI president, Shukla IPL boss

Zenews Sports Bureau

Mumbai: The BCCI on Monday formally elected N Srinivasan as its new president while appointing Rajeev Shukla as the new IPL chief at the 82nd Annual General Meeting of the Board.

Srinivasan is the 30th president of the BCCI and his foremost task would be to look into the miserable tour of the Indian cricket team of England.

The BCCI also made it clear that Decision Review System (DRS) in its current form is unacceptable to the cricket board and they will raise this issue in the upcoming ICC meetings.

"Initially, we were reluctant to use the DRS as we didn`t have faith in Ball Tracking technology. After the current series it has been evident that even Hot Spot is not fully accurate", N Srinivisan, who took over as the president from Shashank Manohar, told a press conference after the Board`s Annual General Meeting.

"We have decided not to use DRS in its current form. The outgoing president Sashank Manohar had raised this issue at the earlier ICC meetings and I will also raise in the future meetings," Srinivasan said.

Srinivasan also said that Sunil Gavaskar has written to the BCCI to be relieved from the post of chairman of technical committee.

"Mr Gavaskar has written to us that he has been on the technical committee for seven years and it`s time that we search for a fresh face. It is our intention to appoint Sourav Ganguly as the chairman of the technical committee. We haven`t yet been able to contact him but hopefully he will give his consent," Srinivasan stated.

Srinivasan also dismissed the reports claiming that there was a gag order from the BCCI preventing Gavaskar and Shastri from speaking against the cricket board.

“There is no clause forbidding them to talk against the Board. The Board does not believe in gagging people from talking against it. Not every report in the newspapers is complimentary to the Board.” he said.

Asked about the logic behind appointing Mohinder Amarnath as the selector from North Zone as he has not been in any cricket-related committee (save IPL GC) since his retirement in 1989, Srinivasan answered: "I don`t think anybody would dispute his qualification to be in the selection committee."

The new president also defended Mahendra Singh Dhoni and his boys performance in England where the team failed to win a single international match in all three formats.

"Two months back, they were the heroes of the world and toast of the entire nation. They have just had one bad series and we can't readily dump them after that. We need to support the team," he said.

Srinivasan rubbished the "too much workload" theory stating that contrary to popular notion that Team India plays lot more than other countries, there is not much of a difference.

"We have compared the itinerary of the other countries and there is not much difference. Also, it must be mentioned question of workload doesn't arise as only few players are playing all the three forms of cricket," he explained.

Srinivasan reiterated that BCCI is focussed on having a systematic structure on injury management issues.

"We have made it clear to the physio that an utmost transparency and honesty should be maintained in terms of fitness of players. And if you look at the last three years, you will find that those players who have not been cleared by the NCA haven't been selected in the national squad," he said in response to a query about players breaking down due to injuries after declaring themselves fit.

"The idea is to field the best Indian team. We can't wait to get back to the top spot. This tour (England) didn't go as per plan as we didn't have our best team together."

Asked about the much awaited Indo-Pak series, Srinivasan informed that there is nothing much on the table at the moment.

With inputs from PTI

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