New Delhi: Revealing BCCI's another arm-twisting move, a report in Australia's The Daily Telegraph on Tuesday said that the Indian board's president N Srinivasan used power tactics to get Laxman Sivaramakrishnan on the ICC Cricket Committee by "threatening countries to ensure that the majority of Test captains voted against Tim May".
Sivaramakrishnan replaced May on the influential cricket committee for a three-year term on Monday. May has a history of criticizing the BCCI as chief executive of the international players' union FICA.
Ten Test captains vote to pick their two representative on the committee, but the report in the Australian daily suggested the BCCI got the boards to threaten their captains of being sacked if they didn't vote for Sivaramakrishnan. "Some captains were threatened with the sack by their boards if they did not vote for Indian commentator and former legspinner Laxman Sivaramakrishnan ahead of May, the former Australian offspinner," the report said.
File photo of India and CSK captain MS Dhoni being congratulated by the CSK owner and BCCI president N Srinivasan. (AFP)
Other than the former Indian legspinner, Sri Lanka's Kumar Sangakkara was elected as the second players' representative on the committee.
Calling Srinivasan as 'cricket's most dangerous man', The Daily Telegraph said the Indian board's chief is a threat to the cricket's credibility. "Cricket's most dangerous man, India board president N. Srinivasan has continued his destruction of the game's credibility by having Australian Tim May dumped from the International Cricket Council's influential cricket committee ... The arrogant and dictatorial Srinivasan is the greatest example of all that is wrong with cricket, particularly on the sub-continent and in Africa," it said.
The report also revealed that the BCCI threatened to cancel its tours to the countries that didn't vote against May. "Support for May evaporated from nine of the 10 Test captains to just four, Australia, England, New Zealand and South Africa, as India threatened to withhold tours and other favours which would cost countries millions in television rights.
"Only South Africa stood firm amongst the dominant Afro-Asia block, which also destroyed the ICC's presidential electoral system when it refused to endorse former Prime Minister John Howard as president in 2010 for fear of being brought to account.
"Srinivasan also unilaterally scuttled a major review last year, the Woolf report, which attempted to revamp the ICC's disgraceful governance. India may be the world's largest democracy but the BCCI rules with a golden fist, rejecting any notion of good governance and free speech," the report revealed
The report suggested Indian commentators were the mouthpiece of the BCCI and dare not go against their country's board for fear of being fired. It also indicated that as a member of the cricket committee, Sivaramakrishnan will support BCCI's stand against the Decision Review System (DRS). "Any Indian commentator who dares speak out against the BCCI will inevitably be sacked, so expect Siva, as he is known, to meekly support the BCCI's unfathomable stand against the umpire decision review system."
The report also accused Srinivasan of conflict of interest as an owner of the Indian Premier League franchise Chennai Super Kings.