Calcutta: Within the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), it’s almost wholly a mix of the faithful and the fearful, with a few in between.
So, till Sunday’s AGM in Chennai, absolutely nobody had uttered the name of Gurunath Meiyappan, son-in-law of (non-functional) president Narayanswamy Srinivasan.
However, it’s not that somebody suddenly became courageous — Srinivasan himself took Meiyappan’s name.
According to The Telegraph’s sources, Srinivasan told the AGM that he wouldn’t interfere with or try to influence “any investigation” into Meiyappan’s activities.
Unusual, just like the “resolution” adopted in the minutes before the AGM concluded.
Belatedly, Srinivasan has come to accept that the BCCI has to institute a fresh probe, as nobody has been convinced with the inquiry done by Justices (retd) T.Jayaram Chouta and R. Balasubramanian.
But why did Srinivasan not face this reality after the Bombay High Court’s stinging order two months ago?
Most put it down to Srinivasan’s overconfidence and very poor advice from the few who’re particularly close to him.
Makes sense, but what about the rest of the BCCI? A fresh investigation right then would have spared it the embarrassment of being slammed by the Supreme Court.
It was no different during Monday’s hearing, with the BCCI again coming away with a black eye.