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BCCI more important than any individual: Shashank

Narayanswamy Srinivasan, in Chennai, on Tuesday. (PTI)

Calcutta/New Delhi: The Supreme Court’s observation on Tuesday that Board of Control for Cricket in India’s president Narayanswamy Srinivasan should step down from his post to allow a fair probe of the IPL betting and spot-fixing scandal has triggered opinions from Board officials past and present.

From current BCCI vice-president Ravi Savant to former treasurer Ajay Shirke, almost everyone feels that Srinivasan should step down respecting the apex court’s observation.

Here’s how some of them (alphabetically) have reacted to the development:

Biswarup Dey (BCCI finance committee member): It might well be an observation from the Supreme Court at the moment, but since it has come from the country’s highest law-making body, it should be honoured. It will be damaging for the cricket fraternity if the Supreme Court comes out with anything drastic and forces Srinivasan to step down.

Subir Ganguly (IPL governing council member): If the apex court asks Srinivasan to step down, he should honour it and do so. He will have an opportunity to come back in September if he can prove himself innocent. Maybe there will be an emergent working committee meeting (in Chennai) on Wednesday or the day after to decide on the entire matter.

There was supposed to be an IPL governing council meeting in the first week of April. Personally, I believe the meeting will go ahead as scheduled because Srinivasan has nothing to do with the IPL.

Shashank Manohar (former BCCI president): If you ask me, I would have stepped aside. BCCI is more important than any individual. Individuals don’t matter. You have to maintain the integrity of the institution and that’s very important.

Chitrak Mitra (BCCI vice-president, East): The Supreme Court’s verdict says Srinivasan should step down for a proper investigation…. If he does not stepped down, the Supreme Court will pass an order to that effect on March 27…. That’s all about it. Since currently it’s the South Zone’s turn (for BCCI presidency), most probably Shivlal (Yadav, BCCI vice-president from South Zone) will become the president. Last time also when Srinivasan could not attend the BCCI meeting due to his father’s demise, Shivlal presided over it. This time, it will not be an acting president… Jagmohan Dalmiya was made the acting president because at that time Srinivasan only stepped aside, not stepped down. It’s different this time.

Lalit Modi (former BCCI vice-president): Kudos to the Honourable Supreme Court for taking the most decisive action… Finally they have shown the door to Srini.

Hope my colleagues in Bcci will now once and forever get rid of this Monster from Chennai who had cemented himself in all governing bodies.

Big task ahead to win back the hearts and faith of the fans. Second step to rid everyone connected to india cements from cricket.

We had lost a few battles along the way. But winning the war against fixing is the only way forward.

Waiting for Dusshera to happen early this year after the Modern day Ravan is gone ??

Kishore Rungta (former BCCI treasurer): I am happy that Supreme Court has asked him (Srinivasan) to resign. This was absolute arrogance that he was continuing as president of the BCCI. The conduct committee (earlier) had said no Board member would indulge directly or indirectly with the game. An exception was made for Srinivasan, which was wrong.

Ravi Savant (BCCI vice-president, West): Supreme Court is the highest authority. We have to abide by what the Supreme Court has said. If the court feels that he should step down for a fair probe into the scandal, I think it’s reasonable. But if the other version is true (court’s observation that it’s nauseating that Srinivasan is sticking to the BCCI chair), it is serious.

The general body has to fill up the vacancy as per the constitution of the Board.

Ajay Shirke (former BCCI treasurer): It (resigning as the Board’s treasurer) was a strictly personal decision that I took because at that time, I felt uncomfortable with what was happening and therefore I decided to quit. Srinivasan, for whatever reason, decided not to resign. So it’s now coming to the state where the Supreme Court has to come down heavily on the Board. Personally, this is a very sad thing because we all have been members of that august body. It is sad to see that the BCCI has landed in such a situation.