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Fica against Srini in ICC

Calcutta: Narayanswamy Srinivasan should not be allowed to be part of the International Cricket Council (ICC) or be sworn in as the body’s new chairman while he remains under investigation in India, says Paul Marsh, executive chairman of the Federation of International Cricketers’ Associations (Fica).

Marsh said it was imperative that the ICC acted strongly in response to the situation involving Srinivasan.

Neither Cricket Australia chairman Wally Edwards, nor his ECB equivalent Giles Clarke, have commented on Srinivasan’s predicament, after the three administrators drew out a plan for the next eight years of the game in which ICC revenue is redistributed while bilateral agreements between member countries replace the stipulations of the ICC’s Future Tours Programme.

“Serious allegations of betting and spot-fixing in IPL 2013 have been made against Mr Gurunath Meiyappan as the alleged team principal of Chennai Super Kings and these remain the subject of proceedings before the Indian Supreme Court,” said Marsh.

“Mr Srinivasan is the managing director of India Cements Limited (the owner of the Chennai Super Kings) and is also the father-in-law of Mr Meiyappan.

“The Supreme Court order from last Friday noted that Mr Srinivasan had made a written offer through his legal counsel to step aside from his functions as BCCI president until investigations into the allegations against him were completed.

“The Supreme Court has issued an interim order prohibiting any employees of India Cements Limited (other than players or commentators) from performing any duties for the BCCI. Fica understands that the order applies to Mr Srinivasan, as managing director of the company.”

Marsh called on the ICC Board to take note of the Supreme Court’s recent orders and apply the same principles to ICC activities.

“While we are pleased that Mr Srinivasan, at the behest of the Supreme Court, has agreed to step down from his duties as BCCI president, we are of the firm belief that he should not be exercising any functions on behalf of the ICC either, while any investigations concerning his conduct or that of his company are pending or unresolved,” he said.

“The cricket world has been told time and again by the ICC that corruption is the game’s biggest issue and that the game has a zero tolerance approach to it,” said Marsh.