Srinivasan “steps aside” as BCCI Prez, Dalmiya to head panel

Chennai: In a decision attacked by detractors as "worse than match-fixing", BCCI President N Srinivasan on Sunday agreed to "step aside" till a probe into his son-in-law is completed under a compromise formula that brought back former chief Jagmohan Dalmiya as head of a four-member interim arrangement to run the Board.
 
More than a fortnight after spot-fixing scandal rocked cricketing world, Srinivasan refused to heed mounting demands for his resignation as Board Chief at a meeting of the Working Committee. He said there were no charges against him.
 
In a decision that went against the pro-Sharad Pawar group, the Working Committee of the Board decided that 73-year-old Dalmiya will conduct its day-to-day affairs after Srinivasan announced that he will not discharge his duties as the President till such time the probe is completed.
 
Sources said that key members including Arun Jaitley, Rajeev Shukla and Anurag Thakur appeared to have tilted the scales in favour of Dalmiya and softened the blow on Srinivasan.
 
While the Pawar group may have wanted former chief Shashank Manohar in Dalmiya's place, it could not extract Srinivasan's resignation.
 
The Working Committee decision came under immediate fire from dissidents including I S Bindra, Ajay Shirke, Kirti Azad and Lalit Modi camp who variously described it as "worse than match-fixing", "sham" and a "foredrawn conclusion".
 
However, Dalmiya strongly defended the decision saying it was too early to ask for Srinivasan's resignation and dismissed it as a compromise. To call it an eye wash is uncharitable and unreasonable.