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BCCI took no action to clean up IPL mess: Manohar

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Manohar insisted that the BCCI’s indifference compelled the Supreme Court-appointed Lodha Committee to take action.

Former BCCI president Shashank Manohar on Saturday said that the Board did not take any timely steps to clean up the mess in the IPL and now it has no choice but to comply with >Lodha Committee’s recommendations.

“The BCCI has done nothing to improve its image and now the Board has no option but to implement Lodha Committee’s findings,” Manohar told reporters in Kolkata.

He insisted that the BCCI’s indifference compelled the Supreme Court-appointed Lodha Committee to take action.

“There has been no action from the BCCI to clean the mess and the Board’s work is done by the court. BCCI has to be proactive and look at the interest of the institution and not that of an individual in order to re-impose faith in the minds of the people,” Manohar, who met the current BCCI president Jagmohan Dalmiya in Kolkata, said.

Manohar criticised N. Srinivasan, saying that the Tamil Nadu strongman should have stepped down as BCCI president when the spot-fixing scandal first broke out in 2013.

“Srinivasan should have stepped down in 2013, no individual is ahead of institution and he too is the root of all scandal and should immediately step down from his position as chairman of ICC,” he said.

On Tuesday, the Lodha Committee recommended suspension of two IPL franchises — Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals — for two years from the cash-rich league for betting activities of their key officials Gurunath Meiyappan and Raj Kundra during the 2013 season.

The committee also banned CSK team principal Meiyappan and Royals’ co-owner Kundra for life from any cricket-related activity after they were found guilty of placing bets.

>Timeline

  • May 16, 2013: Rajasthan Royals players S. Sreesanth, Ankeet Chavan, Ajit Chandila held on spot-fixing charges
  • May 34: Gurunath Meiyappan of Chennai Super Kings arrested on betting charges
  • June 2: N. Srinivasan steps aside as BCCI president
  • Oct 8: Supreme Court appoints panel headed by Justice Mudgal
  • Feb 10, 2014: Panel indicts Meiyappan for betting
  • April 22: Supreme Court asks panel to continue with probe
  • November 17: Panel says Srinivasan ignored violation of player's code of conduct
  • Jan 22, 2015: Supreme Court absolves Srinivasan of charge of cover-up and misleading the probe committee


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