Petitioner in IPL spot-fixing case, Aditya Verma slams outgoing BCCI prez; accuses Shashank of being power-hungry
New Delhi: The petitioner in IPL spot-fixing case Aditya Verma has termed outgoing BCCI president Shashank Manohar as a "power hungry backstabber", who has failed to keep his promise of cleaning up the game.
Former Indian cricket board president N Srinivasan at an International Cricket Council meeting in Singapore on February 8, 2014. Pic/AFP
A peeved Verma went to the extent of saying that at least former president and Tamil Nadu strongman N Srinivasan was a man who would "fight manfully against his foes in an honest manner."
"Shashank Manohar's latest move to go to ICC shows that he is a power-hungry official. When he was not in power, he spoke about cleansing the game and now he is leaving BCCI without completing his job. Also he is a man who believes in back-stabbing as he and his group used me in their battle against N Srinivasan and then backstabbed without fulfilling promises," an angry Verma told PTI.
He felt that at least Srinivasan, whatever his intentions might be was "Man enough" to do it in front of everyone and never broke the trust of his allies.
"Srinivasan dusmani bhi shaan se kartaa thaa aur apne doston ko kabhi dhokha naahin diya. (Srinivasan maintained his enmity with honesty and never ditched his friends). For Manohar, promises meant nothing. I understood that when with help of Ratnakar Shetty I was thrown out of the BCCI office, it was Manohar behind the move. I had made numerous complaints about Shetty and that fell on deaf ears," said Verma.
Having been dumped by all who had once allegedly used him as their front in their bid to oust N Srinivasan, Verma's only hope now is the Supreme Court of India.
Hoping for better days
He also hopes that Lodha Committee's reforms will be implemented in toto. My only hope now is the Supreme Court verdict. I hope after that youngsters of Bihar will again get to play in BCCI tournaments and be considered for national team selections."