In another round of setbacks for N. Srinivasan, Jagmohan Dalmiya described as “nonsense” reports suggesting that he asked the Board president to continue.
“I am not defending anyone. Why should I and who am I (to do so),” countered the former Board president when talking to mediapersons in Kolkata on Thursday.
Dalmiya went on to reiterate the need to clean up cricket. “This is a golden opportunity to clean up cricket. Dirt in cricket has gone down deep and no one is bothered. As far as cleaning is concerned, we are losing the opportunity fast.
“There used to be exhibition games and offshore cricket. We stopped Canada and Singapore cricket. If someone says he doesn’t know what cleaning up of cricket is or what entertainment cricket is, I can only pity him.”
When asked whether he would ask Srinivasan to resign, Dalmiya said, “Who am I to say this or that. Why will one listen to me? I have nothing to do with it.”
Significantly, Board treasurer Ajay Shirke said, “If I was in his place, I would step away from the inquiry.”
Meanwhile, cricket officials from Goa and Assam joined the chorus for Srinivasan’s resignation.
Goa Cricket Association vice-president Shekhar Salkar categorically stated, “Srinivasan has to resign, there is no option. How can you continue when your son-in-law is involved?
He is involved with CSK; it is just not possible to have an impartial probe till he resigns.”
Gautam Roy, president of Assam Cricket Association said, “In the interest of fairness, he should step aside when the investigation is on.”