The media has been demanding N. Srinivasan’s resignation as BCCI president, following the arrest of Gurunath Meiyappan, his son-in-law, in connection with the betting scandal in the Indian Premier League matches.
The law is taking its course. The BCCI has appointed a probe panel from which the president has disassociated himself. So far, nothing has suggested that Mr. Meiyappan has abused his father-in-law’s position. Mr. Srinivasan is not bound to resign.
The self-serving politicians on the BCCI are issuing statements against Mr. Srinivasan, forgetting that they are equally responsible for the mess in the IPL — they closed their eyes to the conflict of interest in allowing Mr. Srinivasan to bid for a team, and allowed the free movement of non-cricketers in the dugouts. The leader who says he “would not have allowed this to happen,” was, in fact, at the helm of affairs when Mr. Srinivasan was allowed to bid for an IPL team.
Had the media shown the same zeal in 2008, perhaps, Mr. Srinivasan would not have been the owner of CSK.
That half of the system’s success lies in its structure is vindicated by the IPL controversy. The BCCI is finding it hard to remove Mr. Srinivasan, which is a pointer to its weak structure. The BCCI president should resign if the outcome of the inquiry report and justice delivery should be seen as being fair. The wrongdoers should be punished if cricket is to be protected.
Why should Mr. Srinivasan’s statement that he has done no wrong be interpreted as defiance? Resigning on propriety and moral grounds is easier said than done. Let us wait for the three-member committee to present its report.
Legally speaking, Mr. Srinivasan need not resign as he is not directly involved in the betting scandal but morally, it would be in his own interest to quit. Why is he adamant on sticking to the post in spite of the pressure on him to leave? Let him rest till the enquiry is complete.
The BCCI chief may seem to be standing firm but the ground underneath him is shaky. When one believes in one’s own invincibility, there comes a time when his bravado and self-aggrandisement result in his downfall. Mr. Srinivasan may believe he has not done anything wrong but the circumstances warrant that he give in to the popular demand for taking a strategic timeout.