India Sports Minister Says BCCI Needs To Restore Public Trust In Wake Of Spot-Fixing Scandal
With the Board of Control for Cricket in India's image "taking a beating" in the wake of the Bombay High Court declaring its Indian Premier League spot-fixing probe "illegal and unconstitutional," Sports Minister Jitendra Singh on Friday advised the BCCI to work toward "restoring the trust" of the fans, according to the PTI. Singh: "I want to say that BCCI must make sure that it restores the trust of the public because it is the people who have made cricket what it is today." The minister also "reiterated the need for the proposed Sports Development Bill to be passed and become a law of the land so that the National Sports Federations like the BCCI can come under the ambit of RTI" and become more accountable and transparent in its functioning (PTI, 8/2). The HINDUSTAN TIMES wrote BCCI VP Niranjan Shah, who has openly slammed Srinivasan, said, "The credibility of the Board is down due to the spot-fixing taint, and it must give confidence to the public that it is doing business according to the rules and regulations." Former secretary Jaywant Lele said that "Srinivasan's days are numbered." Lele: "He's on the backfoot now. The constitution is clear, if you or your family member is involved in any misconduct, you have to go" (HINDUSTAN TIMES, 8/4).