Enemies Of Suspended BCCI Chief Ask Australian PM To Help Stop Promotion
Enemies of "controversial" Board of Control for Cricket in India President N. Srinivasan "have pleaded" with Australian PM Tony Abbott "to step in and stop the businessman being elevated to a new role as head of world cricket," according to Peter Lalor of THE AUSTRALIAN. Srinivasan has been suspended from his post by India’s Supreme Court. The Int'l Cricket Council, however, "seems determined to go through with a radical restructure at its conference in Melbourne this month." At the meeting, Srinivasan "will be named" the first ICC chairman "under an arrangement that hands that job to a BCCI representative for two years." It would take a change of heart from seven of the 10 full-time members "to block his move at the Melbourne meeting or the BCCI could recommend another person for the top ICC job." Neither "is likely to occur." Srinivasan, however, "is being hounded at home" by Cricket Association of Bihar Secretary Aditya Verma. Verma: "When the whole world, including the highest court of India, found that something was seriously wrong with Mr Srinivasan, why (did) your countries’ top cricket board officials accept the creation of a special post for him as chairman of the ICC and elected him unopposed?” (THE AUSTRALIAN, 6/4). The PTI reported former cricketer Sachin Tendulkar said that the ongoing investigations into corruption in cricket "are critical and fans deserve fair competition." Tendulkar: "I think the concerned people are taking really important steps because it is critical for the game to make sure that the spectators watch a fair competition" (PTI, 6/3).