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SBD Global/June 27, 2014/Leagues and Governing Bodies
India's Srinivasan Makes 'Controversial Ascent' To Int'l Cricket Council Chairman
Published June 27, 2014
CLEAR CONSCIENCE: The PTI reported on being reminded that since his son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan was facing betting charges and that "it reflected on him," Srinivasan said, “He (Meiyappan) has to defend himself in court. I mean, it’s a question of it’s going to be proved or not proved, but that’s up to him. This is a question about me. I think you have to wait until everything is clear at the end of the day. If nothing is proved, I think all this comment would have been unfair, isn’t it” (PTI, 6/26). IANS reported Srinivasan said that "he would like to see more strong teams in international cricket." Srinivasan: "I want to see more strong teams in international cricket. For this to be achieved, we all need to work hard to develop local talent in our countries. Naturally, there will be more support to those who first show they can help themselves" (IANS, 6/26). The PTI reported the BCCI "congratulated its president-in-exhile," saying that there "could not have been a better person for the position." BCCI Secretary Sanjay Patel said, "It is a proud and historic moment for Indian Cricket, and on behalf of all the members of the BCCI, we wish him all the best" (PTI, 6/26).
EXEC BOARD MOVES: The PTI reported the approval of the constitutional changes also meant that a new exec committee -- which will report to the ICC Board -- "was formed." The initial exec committee chairman will be Cricket Australia Chair Wally Edwards. The ICC’s Finance & Commercial Affairs Committee chairman "will continue to be" England & Wales Cricket Board Chair Giles Clarke. The Annual Conference also saw Mustafa Kamal "become the 11th President of the ICC." Kamal: "This is a memorable and historic day for Bangladesh cricket." From 2016, the ICC Board, which will continue to be the primary decision-making body, "will elect the ICC Chairman for a two-year term." The ICC Board also confirmed that the USA Cricket Association "is a recognised member" (PTI, 6/26).
CRICKET LOSES WICKET: In Melbourne, Chloe Saltau opined cricket "has made a fool of itself again." Srinivasan's very presence in the Olympic room at the Melbourne Cricket Ground as the ICC's newly inaugurated chairman "was a fresh attack on cricket's credibility." The fact that other members of the ICC endorsed him for the chairmanship "hardly inspires confidence in their collective desire to stamp out corruption from the sport" (THE AGE, 6/26).