BCCI president-in-exile N. Srinivasan was on Thursday formally appointed the first Chairman of the ICC after its 52-member council approved a controversial revamp of the body’s administrative structure.
The full council approved the amendments to the ICC’s Memorandum and Articles of Association at the Annual Conference here.
As was widely known before the conference, Mr. Srinivasan was elected despite being barred by the Supreme Court of India from carrying out his duties as BCCI president due to ongoing investigations into the match-fixing allegations relating to the 2013 edition of the IPL. However, after the apex court refused to stop his nomination to the ICC position, decks were cleared for his anointment to the newly-created post. The revamp will also hand major executive decision-making authority to the ‘Big Three’ of the game — India, Australia and England.
“It is an honour to be confirmed as the Chairman of the International Cricket Council. I will leave no stone unturned in trying to strengthen the pillars and foundations of our sport, both on and off the field,” Mr. Srinivasan said in a statement issued by the ICC. — PTI
A sad day: Lalit Modi
Special Correspondent reports from New Delhi:
The former Indian Premier League commissioner Lalit Modi reacted to N. Srinivasan’s appointment as ICC chairman, saying it was “truly a sad day in world cricket.”
“The CBI is pursuing allegations of fraud committed by Mr. Srinivasan as managing director of India Cements, which is alleged to have routed scarce water resources with corrupt state officials to double production and profits. He is also at the centre of allegations of tax fraud by failing to pay stamp duty on 11 luxury vehicles that were seized by the CBI in March. Mr. Srinivasan suffers conflict of interest in world cricket, with his India Cements buying the Chennai Super Kings IPL franchise for $91 million.”