Saturday, May 25, 2013

BCCI boss must go

It is time for BCCI President N Srinivasan to go. Otherwise, BCCI must move for his suspension without any delay. His tenure has blackened the face of gentlemen’s game. His son-in-law is already under police custody for his alleged involvement in IPL betting. With the arrest of Gurunath Meiyappan, son-in-law of BCCI President N Srinivasan and owner of Chennai Super Kings, for his alleged involvement in IPL betting scandal, BCCI President’s continuation in office is untenable. Meyappan is the son-in-law of BCCI President N Srinavasan and the allegation against him is of betting in IPL matches. The owner of Chennai Super King (CSK) is of the Board President N Srinavasan and until the arrest , Meiyappan was the CEO of Chennai Super King. Meiyappan’s arrest has also raised serious doubts about continuance of the franchise in the hugely popular T20 league. BCCI has launched the IPL. The Spot fixing scandal involving the bookies, players, owners, mafias and underworld dons in the IPL matches is also dangerous for the security and integrity of the nation. The game of Cricket is gentlemen’s game and it is most popular in our country. No body advocates for the banning of IPL matches but at the same time no body likes this type of game through which anti-national activity may be carried on under its cover. Board President must show moral obligation by resigning the moment spot fixing broke out in the IPL matches. He is the conscience keeper of cricket in India. He has failed in his duty to keep away the IPL matches from the gaze of sinners. The alleged involvement of his son-in-law makes for him untenable to stay in his office even for a minute. Much water has flown down the Ganges. Now nothing is left for Srinivasan to cover with to stay in office. Meiyappan is not only his son-in-law but was also the top honcho of his team CSK in IPL. Now what is left that he waits to come in open. So, it is time for him to resign from the post of president of the BCCI. If Srinvasan is not resigning on his own, the BCCI must suspend him forthwith and save the game of cricket from further degradation, debauchery, dishonesty, disloyalty to the nation and humiliation. The spot fixing incident has let down the players and BCCI officials in equal measure. It is the laxity of BCCI that betting found its way in IPL. The 35-year-old top honcho of CSK, twice IPL champions, was in the eye of a huge storm after actor and TV reality show winner Vindoo Dara Singh, arrested for his alleged links to bookies, admitted to having placed bets on his behalf. Vindoo, winner of reality show Bigg Boss season 3 and son of late wrestler-actor Dara Singh, was allegedly in frequent touch with Meiyappan during the IPL matches and was claimed to have told Mumbai crime branch that the CSK owner had lost Rs 1 crore through betting.

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