Ajay Shirke was conspicuous by his invisibility at the Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA) Stadium in Gahunje, the venue of the first one-day international between India and England.
He came to the ground quietly, sat in his corporate box and then left without attracting any attention. In short, it was a silent act.
For the last few days, he was out of town. It emerged that he was in Delhi, ostensibly to discuss the recent turn of events with Anurag Thakur. He denied that, saying, “I went to Delhi on my personal and business work. And yes, I did meet Anurag, but it was not with any specific agenda. He was my esteemed colleague.”
A day before the match, the former Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) secretary was, however, his usual self when Mirror caught up with him. He was in his element, all fire and brimstone, with an opinion on everything — Indian cricket, Indian politics, Indian economy and Indian…. You know that!
He has faced allegations of trying to sabotage the India-England series, intimidate the selectors and create trouble for the BCCI. He categorically refuted the charges, blow by blow. “I sold tickets worth Rs 8 crore (for the Pune ODI). Why will I sabotage the game? I have congratulated the selectors for picking a good team for the series… the charges are incorrect.”
He even called a few concerned persons to prove that there was no attempt of sabotage from his side. But the most important takeaway from the 90-minute conversation was that there will be a tellall book which he started writing quite some time back. He did not divulge when it would release, but is determined on penning the memoirs.
“I have started writing about it. After the end of every day, I’ve made notes of the developments. It may take six months or two years, I cannot say right now. But it will definitely come out.” So, what will be there in the book? “Everything,” he said without elaborating. It is obvious that he would be addressing issues about the BCCI, its run-ins with the Lodha Committee and en-masse disqualification of the BCCI members.
Will it be a best-seller? “I don’t know,” he shot back.
Courtesy: Mumbai Mirror