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‘For BCCI & Srini to take a stand’

Calcutta: Resignations are largely unheard of in the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). Yet, on May 31 last year, two office-bearers did resign.

Treasurer Ajay Shirke, followed by secretary Sanjay Jagdale. They felt the need to take a stand at a time the country was calling for president Narayanswamy Srinivasan’s head.

On Monday evening, The Telegraph contacted Shirke, who is a Pune-based industrialist and president of the Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA).

Initially reluctant to talk about the findings of the Justice Mukul Mudgal committee, Shirke took some questions.

Excerpts...

“Frankly, I don’t think it’s proper to comment on the findings, for I haven’t seen the report...

“In any case, as I’m no longer an office-bearer, what I say can’t have much value... It’s for the BCCI and Mr Srinivasan to take a stand...

“If I was in his position, I would have resigned last year itself... But, then, taking a moral stand is something very personal...

“You and I could take a moral stand, but others may not. Fair enough...

“I resigned because I wasn’t feeling comfortable, not because somebody asked me to... I have no regrets...

“Am I disappointed that, except for Sanjay, nobody else took a stand? No... It’s up to individuals to decide...

“To go back to last May, I wasn’t one of those looking at the scales and seeing where the power was tilting...

“I’ve never been driven by positions and, if the MCA wants me to go, I’ll quit as its president.”

One of a kind, then.