Senior BCCI Officials Want Former President Srinivasan To Sit Out ICC Meeting In London
Trust the Board of Control for Cricket in India "to create a controversy over what is simply a routine matter," according to the TIMES OF INDIA. It is just four days to go for the Int'l Cricket Committee's week-long annual meetings to begin in England on June 23, "but there is still no official word from the board on who will represent India at the meetings." In fact, the confusion over this issue thickened on Wednesday with three heavyweight names -- BCCI interim CEO Jagmohan Dalmiya, former BCCI President N. Srinivasan and BCCI VP Arun Jaitley -- cropping up as "BCCI representatives." Sources said that Srinivasan and Dalmiya have told their close aides that "they will be attending the ICC meetings." They added that Jaitley had also been requested to attend the meetings, "as he is in London on a holiday," but the board's VP is not too keen. The spotlight in this case, though, is on Srinivasan, "who had promised to stay away from all activity related to BCCI after being forced to step aside" (TIMES OF INDIA, 6/20). The HINDUSTAN TIMES reported most senior BCCI functionaries want Srinivasan to stay away till the outcome of the internal probe against his son-in-law, former Indian Premier League Chennai Super Kings CEO Meiyappan Gurunath, "over his alleged role in the betting and spot-fixing scandal is known, but he remains adamant." They "will try to convince him again on Thursday." A board member said, "It's clear he's being greedy. Having attended so many ICC meetings, what will happen if he misses one?" (HINDUSTAN TIMES, 6/20).
PHONE TAPPING: In Mumbai, S. Ahmed Ali wrote conversations, tapped separately in April, are the clearest evidence so far that Pakistani umpire Asad Rauf, "who fled India after his name cropped up in the IPL betting-fixing racket, was hand in glove with the bookies and solicited gifts." Police shared the transcript of the conversation "tapped through three mobiles" of Bollywood actor Vindu Dara Singh, arrested for his role in the spot-fixing scandal (TIMES OF INDIA, 6/20). The PTI reported suspended cricketer Ajit Chandila "was on Thursday remanded to 12 days of judicial custody by a Delhi court after police said that his custodial interrogation in the spot-fixing case was over." Chandila, "who has been quizzed in custody for three days, was produced before vacation judge Rajender Kumar Shastri who sent him to Tihar Jail till July 2" (PTI, 6/20).