A former Indian cricket board chief with deep knowledge of legal issues was the trigger behind the Friday resignations of BCCI secretary Indore-based Sanjay Jagdale and treasurer Ajay Shirke from Pune.
It is learnt that the former boss had a teleconference with key Board members and advised them to resign so that their actions could force the retirement of president N Srinivasan who has refused to leave his chair. “I have done nothing wrong,” he has said ad nauseum.
While it is to be seen whether Srinivasan will budge, the resignations of more key officials are expected to take place today. The former Board chief stressed to his erstwhile colleagues that when he was in charge and worked with fellow administrators, the Board was bereft of major controversies and even if there was the odd one, it was dealt with sternly.
A couple of days ago, Sharad Pawar, who led the Board before Nagpur-based Shashank Manohar, stressed at the Mumbai Cricket Association annual prize distribution function on the Wankhede Stadium turf: “Today, every cricketer is disturbed and worried.
I don’t want to go into details. All of you have seen the Indian cricket team winning the World Cup in 2011 when Shashank Manohar was heading the BCCI at this venue.
“And when I was looking after BCCI, India won the Twenty20 World Cup in Johannesburg, South Africa. What has happened currently affects the spirit of cricketers, but I am sure we can come out of this and our players will once again bring glory to Indian cricket.”
Reliable sources told MiD DAY that an influential politician and Board member, while in Kolkata on Sunday, urged Srinivasan to quit for a month and let a senior vice-president take over but he reiterated that he had not done anything wrong to step down.
It is believed that Srinivasan didn’t garner brownie points from his supporters and detractors in the BCCI by not calling for a Special General Body meeting immediately to sort out the mess.
I have heard about the resignations of Sanjay Jagdale and Ajay Shirke as BCCI secretary and treasurer respectively. My question is, why now? They should have quit when this controversy broke out. We need to further analyse things in Indian cricket.
- Ajit Wadekar Former India captain
I must stress that my opinion is formed from what I see on television. All these resignations should have been done at the Kolkata meeting before the IPL final on Sunday. Weren’t all important BCCI members in Kolkata? I could well be wrong, but these resignations have taken place because the state associations are putting pressure on their administrators for their own interests to oust Srinivasan. I will side with Srinivasan because nothing has been proved over any wrong doing.
- Anshuman Gaekwad Former India batsman and coach
I am proud of Sanjay Jagdale and Ajay Shirke for resigning from their posts. They have shown true love & passion for the game and that is why they couldn’t stand such humiliation. They have stood for principles. If the president has the same love and passion, he should do the same before it is too late.
- Balvinder Singh Sandhu Former India bowler
I am shocked by the resignations of the two office bearers considering the earlier support for N Srinivasan. BCCI has to become transparent, professional and it has to rope in a lot of cricketers to control cricketing activity. The environment will improve because the current cricketers will be in constant company of former players who will only contribute to a clean atmosphere.
- Yajurvindra Singh Former India all-rounder