A day after resigning from the post of Cricket Board secretary in the wake of IPL spot-fixing and betting scandal, Sanjay Jagdale on Saturday ruled out the possibility of making a comeback into the BCCI fold in future.
“I am not even looking at the possibility of coming back into the BCCI fold. I think I am done with my innings,” Mr. Jagdale told reporters in Indore.
The 62-year-old top official, along with treasurer Ajay Shirke, quit from their respective posts in a bid to put pressure on beleaguered BCCI President N. Srinivasan.
Mr. Jagdale said a “massive” clean-up job is required to rid the game of corruption.
“The spot-fixing and betting scandal in the IPL has badly dented the image of cricket. A massive clean-up job is required to overcome this. But this will take time as the damage done is very big.
“It is very difficult to stop fixing in cricket and BCCI has its own limitations. But the Board can strengthen its surveillance and curb the menace of fixing. At the same time, the BCCI will have to take strict action against cricketers who are found guilty.”
He said the onus is now on the BCCI to earn back the faith of the fans.
“To earn the faith of fans, the BCCI administrators will have to show determination and work as a unit.”
Asked whether the Board should be brought under the RTI to rein in corruption, Mr. Jagdale said it won’t help.
“If Sreesanth decides to put a towel in his trousers and bowl a fixed over, RTI cannot help,” he said.
Mr. Jagdale was also against the idea of getting BCCI affiliated to the Sports Ministry.
“Delhi Commonwealth Games was held with the Sports Ministry at the helm. The Sports Minister was directly attached to the organisation. I don’t need to say much on what happened during that time.”
On whether his decision to resign was meant to put the under-fire Mr. Srinivasan under pressure to quit the top post, Mr. Jagdale said, “My resignation has got nothing to do with whether Srinivasan stays or goes. My decision to resign is personal and whether Srinivasan wants to resign or not would be entirely his decision.”
Mr. Jagdale said he would no longer be a part of the three-man enquiry commission set up by the BCCI to go into allegations against Mr. Srinivasan’s son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan, who was arrested on charges of betting in IPL, and Rajasthan Royals franchise.
“I don’t want to be a part of it because I am not comfortable with the idea. I am not directly related to IPL and only those who have been part of this IPL organisation should be kept in this enquiry commission,” he said.