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BCCI's autonomy under threat
Thursday 24 April 2014

The Supreme Court’s decision to appoint the Justice Mukul Mudgal panel to probe into the IPL corruption scandal, instead of the three-member committee proposed by the BCCI has raised many questions regarding the cricket board’s inability to deal with the situation.

Former BCCI Treasurer, Ajay Shirke, who resigned in May 2013 in protest against the manner in which the IPL corruption scandal was being handled by the BCCI president N Srinivasan, said the decision could even take BCCI closer to losing its autonomy.

"The fact that the court has not accepted the panel should be a matter of grave concern for the members who formed that panel," Shirke told ESPNcricinfo. "It also shows that the board seems to be currently content on working with numbers, rather than good counsel, as there were two ex-Presidents in that meeting who virtually predicted what will happen with the selected panel. It is really a time for serious introspection for the members, and if the board does not get its act right, I think the day might not be too far when the BCCI may well lose its autonomy."

Shashank Manohar and Jagmohan Dalmiya, two former BCCI presidents who had voiced concerns during the working committee meeting, decided to remain non-committal while reacting to the day's development. "I will not comment on an observation," Manohar said. "Unless and until a judicial order is passed and I go through that, I would not like to comment." Manohar also said that his position and opinion on the BCCI's functioning remained unchanged, and he did not have anything new to add to that. After his objections to the BCCI's proposed panel were overruled, Manohar had said the board's reputation was at its worst in 80 years of its existence.

Dalmiya said he would be happy to lay low at the moment. "Unless something concrete [is announced], it is very difficult to comment on this important issue," Dlamiya said. "If you make half-hearted comments, you are exposing yourself."

Chitrak Mitra, one of the BCCI Vice-Presidents, said that the onus was now on Shivlal Yadav, the interim President, and Sanjay Patel, the BCCI secretary, to respond to the various questions. "Those who proposed the names, you should ask them," Mitra said. "The interim president and BCCI secretary took the decision and they are in a better position."

Another vice-president, Sneh Bansal, felt there was no point in countering what the Supreme Court said. "Once the apex court has made a point, we should abide by it," Bansal said. "I hope we will have more clarity in the days to come."

Lalit Modi, a former BCCI Vice-President and IPL Chairman, welcomed the Supreme Court's move to ask the Mudgal panel to further carry out the probe. "This is what Shashank Manohar recommended [during Sunday's meeting]," Modi said. "Justice Mudgal to be appointed in the first place. That is the right thing. He is completely unbiased, and he does what is required to be done."

According to Modi it was now time for the court to prohibit Srinivasan from representing India at the ICC. "The Court has started to correct the course," Modi said. "The court has very clearly said he has to step aside. And only by virtue of being in the BCCI can he be at the ICC." Modi said.

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