New Delhi: The fault lines within the richest cricket board in the world appear to have deepened with the BCCI's Working Committee meeting being called off here on Friday after opposition to N Srinivasan's presence at the IPL meet.
According to sources, several IPL governing council members present opposed the presence of Srinivasan who was adamant on chairing the meeting in the capacity of BCCI president. Reportedly, there was even a heated discussion between Srinivasan and one governing council member after the latter raised the letters written by former BCCI treasurer Ajay Shirke and former secretary Sanjay Jagdale on the appointment of the IPL probe committee without informing the secretary.
Certain members even referred to the unconstitutional way in which the IPL probe panel was formed, CNN-IBN has learnt, and that text messages were sent asking how Srinivasan could enter the meeting when he was not part of it. The governing council meeting, chaired by IPL boss Rajiv Shukla, ended abruptly.
According to sources, Srinivasan recused himself from the meeting and later asked Jagmohan Dalmiya, who took over as interim president of the BCCI on June 2, to continue in his role of running day-to-day affairs for the time being.
CNN-IBN has also learnt that the IPL probe panel to investigate spot-fixing and betting in IPL 6 was not accepted, and that a new panel will be formed and include the BCCI treasurer and secretary. It has also been learnt that the IPL governing council will appeal the Bombay High Court's ruling in the Supreme Court.
The BCCI's working committee was to meet after Friday morning's governing council meeting to discuss the Bombay HC's order amid indications that a defiant Srinivasan would return as president despite the furor. On Thursday, the BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel said that Srinivasan was indeed the president and would preside over the meeting. This came after two members, Ajay Shirke and Niranjan Shah, spoke out to demand the setting up of another probe panel.
Srinivasan had argued that he could return to the president's post now that the internal inquiry commission to probe allegations of spot-fixing and betting in the IPL had submitted its report and found no evidence against Chennai Super Kings and his son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan.