The Board of Control for Cricket in India’s working committee on Sunday received the report of the two-member commission probing the IPL spot-fixing allegations and forwarded it to the IPL governing council for “examination”.
The BCCI meeting, which hastily transacted a number of issues slated for the day, focused mostly on this development after its secretary Sanjay Patel received the report.
“Our secretary received the probe report in the morning and it was tabled before the working committee in the afternoon. Here it was decided to forward the report to the IPL governing council as it was the proper forum according to the operational rules of the BCCI,” said interim president Jagmohan Dalmiya.
Although no one from the BCCI commented on the contents of the probe report, one official did say that the working committee had decided to ask law expert Arun Jaitley “to study the report and apprise the IPL governing council in its next meeting.” Jaitley is also a member of the IPL governing council.
Dalmiya said the governing council will meet in New Delhi on August 2. “The content of the report will be brought out in due course of time,” he added.
Srinivasan’s wait continues
This would mean that reigning BCCI chief N. Srinivasan, who stepped aside to let the probe happen, will have to wait for some more time to decide on his return. “Let the decision first come out,” said Dalmiya when asked about Srinivasan’s return.
On who will chair the next working committee meeting, scheduled on the same day in New Delhi as the IPL governing council meeting, Dalmiya said: “Let Mr. Srinivasan take his decision first.”
The interim BCCI president made it clear that Rajiv Shukla will chair the IPL governing council meeting, saying he hadn’t accepted Shukla’s resignation from the chairman’s post.
The BCCI interim president said that the working committee also discussed the alleged conflict of interests issue related to India captain M.S. Dhoni having a stake in a sports management firm that manages him and other Indian players.
“Let the tournament (in Zimbabwe) be over. We will be talking to the players then. We have changed our mode of working and do not believe in being after any player or anybody. The BCCI will take up the matter and nothing will be swept under the carpet,” Dalmiya said.
“The players will have to declare their interests in sports management companies and we will try to help them out of any complication.”
Another matter on the working committee’s agenda was India’s forthcoming tours of South Africa and New Zealand. “The final decision will be declared later in a consolidated form,” Dalmiya said.
Asked about Delhi bowler Pradeep Sangwan, who failed a random dope test, Dalmiya said the board will proceed with the case in accordance with the anti-doping code.
The working committee also decided to renew the annual contract for the coaches and support staff of the special academies by one year.