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Srinivasan had hijacked the Board: Verma

New Delhi: Aditya Verma, the Cricket Association of Bihar (CAB) secretary, was a happy man on Thursday after the Supreme Court indicated that a new Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president should be appointed in the place of Narayanswamy Srinivasan.

“I am happy that the regime of Srinivasan could be finally over,” said a relieved Verma, after the apex court hearing ended on Thursday afternoon.

“I had been fighting for Srinivasan’s removal for a long time. Srinivasan had hijacked the cricket board and was ruining the game by his autocratic style of functioning,” he added.

Asked if he would be comfortable if former India captain Sunil Gavaskar was appointed the interim board president, Verma said he would welcome the legendary batsman. “We all watched him play and remained his great fan. India has not produced another opening batsman like him,” Verma said. “We are confident he would do a good job.

“My first plea to Mr Gavaskar would be to restore the status and prestige of Bihar cricket. Our state is one of the oldest members of the BCCI. Yet Mr. Srinivasan and his men played dirty games to throw us out of all competitions. Gavaskar should see that Bihar boys are not denied the chance to play the game. He himself was a cricketer. He would easily understand the plight of our innocent cricketers,” Verma said.

On Thursday, Verma’s counsel continued to urge the apex court to suspend the IPL-VII beginning April 16, and said it should not be resumed till the probe over match fixing was over. The court, however, made it clear that that it was in no mood to stop the IPL-VII in its interim order, but could bar Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Roayals from playing in the tournament.

The star-studded Chennai Super Kings, led by India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, are owned by Srinivasan’s company India Cements.

“Our plea had been to stop the IPL-VII till the probe was over. But the court’s plan to keep CSK and Rajasthan Royals out is also a strong move,” Verma said. “It is only the beginning… let the case be over, you will see a lot of changes,” claimed Verma.

“Our main aim had been to clean the game and expose the corrupt people in the administration. We have full faith in the judiciary. The game would be brought on the right path.”