RCA Deputy President Abdi Says BCCI Acting On N. Srinivasan's Behest
The "turf war" between the suspended Rajasthan Cricket Association and the Board of Control for Cricket in India escalated on Thursday with RCA Deputy President Mehmood Abdi accusing the Board of acting in the most unfair manner to satisfy the "vengeance, hate and prejudicial grudge" carried out by former BCCI President N. Srinivasan against Indian Premier League Founder Lalit Modi, according to the PTI. A day after the BCCI suspended the RCA, Abdi said that "the parent body's actions were baffling." Abdi said, "The action of the BCCI speaks volumes about its sheer arrogance and utter disregard for the law of the land and public sentiment, as it has demonstrated with the ban on the RCA in a most unfair and undemocratic manner." Abdi said that interim BCCI President Shiv Yadav "does not seem to have any hold over the body." Abdi: "It is thus, amply clear that Mr. Shiv Lal Yadav is the hand-puppet for Mr. N. Srinivasan. Being an interim President, Mr. Yadav has no right to take steps for the affiliation of disqualification or any member State Association" (PTI, 5/8). In Mumbai, Vijay Tagore wrote the BCCI "announced a plan to form of an ad-hoc committee to look after the game in the state" after suspending the RCA for electing Modi. To begin with, the BCCI "will send a delegation, likely to be headed by its treasurer Anirudh Chaudhary, to the state to assess the situation at the ground level." As for Modi's return, "the time may not be still ripe." He "seems to be pinning his hopes" on a change of government at the center but the situation may not be "too favorable for him" if the Bharatiya Janata Party, as is being predicted, comes to power (MUMBAI MIRROR, 5/8).