New Delhi: Former president of the BCCI Shashank Manohar has lashed out at the board's re-elected president N Srinivasan, saying that the India Cements boss should not hold office in light of the IPL spot-fixing and betting scandal that has blemished the image of Indian cricket.
Talking to Mumbai Mirror, Manohar - who confirmed that many BCCI members, including Jagmohan Dalmiya, had asked him to contest elections at the BCCI Annual General Meeting (AGM) - said: "Srinivasan has no right to continue as president. If you had the slightest of conscience, self-esteem and care for the board, you ought to have put in your papers the moment your son-in-law [Gurunath Meiyappan] was arrested [for betting in IPL]. You did nothing and, as a result, the board's reputation has taken a hit to the extent that the people have lost faith in this board."
Since no one but Srinivasan filed nomination for the post of BCCI president, the cement baron was re-elected unopposed. "Many people, including Mr Dalmiya, requested me to come back and contest," Manohar confirmed. "I left the board two years back and I have not entered its premises again. I have no intention to come back. I said if all the members want me, I will not shirk the responsibility. This board has given me a lot and I was willing to give something back."
The former BCCI chief blamed Srinivasan for tarnishing the board's image, while saying that the re-elected president is an "autocrat" and has no intention of cleaning up the mess.
"He is trying to shield everybody, his team included. He does not want to clean this mess. If my son was in Srinivasan's position, I would have asked him to resign. Srinivasan is an autocrat and wants all the power for himself," Manohar said.
"He told the media that his son-in-law was just 'an enthusiast'. His counsel argued before the courts that Srinivasan did not choose his son-in-law but his daughter did. It is laughable. A person who cannot defend his family member has no right to say he will take responsibility of the board."
Manohar also said that Meiyappan can't escape as there is enough evidence available to nail him for his wrongdoings as the Chennai Super Kings' Team Prinicipal. "There is a lot of evidence of Meiyappan being the Team Principal. The truth will come out. I don't have to state this. It is a fact. He has been chargesheeted and the law will take its own course, but the evidence is very much there," Manohar said.