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BCCI not taking on Srinivasan because of vested interest: Azad

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Cricketer turned politician Kirti Azad. File photo: R. V. Moorthy
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Cricketer turned politician Kirti Azad. File photo: R. V. Moorthy

In a veiled attack on BCCI vice president Arun Jaitley, cricketer-turned-politician Kirti Azad on Tuesday said people in the board are not going after president N. Srinivasan because “somebody wants to be the next president” of the high-profile sports body.

“They (BCCI) do not want to take on Srinivasan because somebody wants to be next BCCI president. They think, if they go against him, they will not get 10-15 votes from his loyalists in the next AGM,” Mr. Azad, who has been a vocal member of the anti-Jaitley camp in the DDCA, said.

“They are acting like Gandhiji’s three monkeys. They all are involved. You scratch my back I’ll scratch yours. Such is the current scenario,” he told a TV news channel.

Mr. Jaitley, who heads the Delhi & District Cricket Association, is in contention to become the next BCCI chief when Mr. Srinivasan’s term ends next year, as a North Zone representative is entitled for the post, going by the rotation policy.

Asked if Mr. Srinivasan should step down as the BCCI chief, Mr. Azad said, “Why should I say Srinivasan should resign or not? I would first like to know what people in BCCI, who talk of high morality and probity in public life, think. What they think about Srinivasan?”

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