Saturday, June 1, 2013

t20 league commissioner | pressur is builing on rao for resignation | ipl 6 spot fixing

T20-League Commissioner Rajiv Shukla said "some announcement is likely to be made there", without elaborating.

Media reports say all the five vice presidents of the world's richest cricket body were ready to resign if Srinivasan refuses to step aside himself.

The resignation of the BCCI secretary and treasurer came just six days after the BCCI boss insisted he had the board's unanimous support.

Indian news channel NDTV, quoting unnamed sources, reported that the BCCI vice-presidents were piling pressure on the board president to quit.

"Either you go or we go," the television station quoted the vice-presidents as telling their boss.

Media reports said a face-saving compromise might be reached in which Srinivasan would step down while the police probe into the spot-fixing scandal was ongoing.

The arrest of Srinivasan's son-in-law came after Test paceman Shanthakumaran Sreesanth and two teammates in the Rajasthan -- Ankeet Chavan and Ajit Chandila -- were also taken into custody.

All the accused deny any wrongdoing.

The players are in jail in New Delhi after police accused them of deliberately bowling badly in exchange for tens of thousands of dollars after striking deals with bookmakers.

The well-connected 68-year-old Srinivasan from southern Tamil Nadu state, who was elected as the BCCI president in 2011, can only be removed if two-thirds of members of the scandal-riven board vote against him.

Spot-fixing is an illegal activity in which a specific part of a game, but not the result, is fixed, such as the timing of no balls and wide deliveries.

The scandal has caused outrage among fans in the cricket-mad region.

Pressure mounted Saturday on the beleaguered president of India's cricket board N. Srinivasan to resign a day after two top cricketing officials quit over an escalating spot-fixing scandal.

The resignations of board joint secretary Sanjay Jagdale and treasurer Ajay Shirke threw the running of the cricket body into fresh turmoil and were front-page news in India, with leading daily The Times of India, declaring in a headline: "Game all but over for Srinivasan."

Shirke was quoted by the newspaper as saying after his resignation that the "board's credibility comes before anything else". "I can't work with anyone who can't see the writing on the wall," he said.

Eyes have now turned to an emergency meeting to be held Sunday by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) in Chennai.

On Friday evening, the isolated BCCI chief, ruled out his resignation after earlier saying he would not be "bulldozed or railroaded" into quitting when he had done no wrong.

Srinivasan has been pressed to step down after his son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan was arrested last week for allegedly taking part in the illegal betting row embroiling the lucrative T20 Cricket League (T20-League).

Meiyappan, an executive at the Chennai T20-League team which is owned by Srinivasan's construction supplies giant India Cements, is being probed by a three-member BCCI commission.

Srinivasan is a hugely powerful cricket figure, who runs India's national sport, a business empire and the Rajasthan which is the most successful team in the T20-League.

BCCI joint secretary Anurag Thakur announced an emergency board meeting for Sunday so that he and other members could "speak their minds".

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