Former BCCI president Shashank Manohar on Thursday lashed out at ICC chairman N Srinivasan after the Supreme Court revealed his name as part of the Justice Mukul Mudgal committee's probe report on IPL spot-fixing.
During the hearing before the Supreme Court on Thursday, the names of Srinivasan, Sundaraman, Gurunath Meiyappan and Raj Kundra were disclosed. This means that the said persons are prima facie indicted in the report.
"Srinivasan, the president of the BCCI, has been prohibited from participating in the functioning of the board since last several months. In spite of being prohibited, he continues to run the board, which is amply evident from the board functioning," Manohar said after SC's observation.
"For example, the allotment of international matches to centres by flouting the long practice of rotation adopted by the board. Even under the board's Constitution, though it is mandatory to hold the AGM on or before 30th September, the Working Committee meeting, which was attended by Mr. Srinivasan, fixed the date of the AGM as 20th of November, probably hoping that the names of Mr. Srinivasan and Meiyappan would be cleared.
"However, it appears that during today's hearing, as soon as the names of Srinivasan and Meiyappan were disclosed, the counsel for the board made a request for the postponement of the AGM and elections scheduled to be held on 20th November.
"Once the date of the AGM was fixed by the working committee, the same could not and cannot be altered by any office-bearer of the board as they do not have the authority to do so. Even under the Constitution of the board, the decision of the board means a decision taken at the meeting of the Working Committee or the General Body of the board.
"It is thus evident that the instructions given to the board counsel are only with intent to suit Mr. Srinivasan as that would ensure that he still remains a back seat driver. The moot question that needs to be answered is - who gave the board counsel instructions to plead for postponement of the AGM?
"The second question that comes to mind is if the investigation/hearing pulls on for several years, then will the board keep functioning under the same set-up.
"The image of the board is tarnished by the actions and the attitude of Mr. Srinivasan. The gentleman's game as the game of cricket has long been known and the reputation of the board is at its lowest due to the egoistic and autocratic behaviour of one individual.
"The board and the game of cricket is bigger than any individual and it is the responsibility and duty of every individual connected with the game to preserve the dignity and integrity of the game and the board and through this press note, I appeal to all members of the board to rise to the occasion and prevent the board and the game from being further destroyed."