New Delhi: Talking exclusively to CNN-IBN Editor-in-Chief Rajdeep Sardesai, newly appointed President of the BCCI, N Srinivasan, on Tuesday brushed aside the allegations of any conflict of interest of him holding the top BCCI post and owning the Indian Premier League side Chennai Super Kings, saying he doesn't own the franchise and it's India Cements Limited which have the ownership rights of the team.
"I have no personal conflict of interest and will excuse myself on key matters," Srinivasan said, adding, "It's India Cements that holds the ownership rights of the franchise and not me."
The BCCI chief declined to comment further on the subject stating the matter is sub-judice. "The conflict of interest matter is sub-judice and it wouldn't be appropriate for me to go on further on this subject," Srinivasan said.
The BCCI chief also dismissed any possibility of the IPL-terminated side Kochi Tuskers Kerala making a comeback to the cash-rich annual event, saying the issue of fresh bids or continuing with nine teams instead of ten will be taken by the IPL governing council.
"Kochi cannot return to the IPL and now it's up to the governing council to see the future prospect of filling in the vacant slot by a new side.
"It's the IPL governing council which will decide what to do after Kochi’s termination," Srinivasan said.
Srinivasan, though, confirmed that the players affected due to the termination of the Kochi franchise will not be left in lurch and their rights will be protected by the board.
'Interests of players affected by Kochi’s axing will be protected," said Srinivasan who was the secretary of the Board before replacing Shashank Manohar as its President.
He also rejected the argument of 'non-stop' cricket for the Indian players, saying the team is playing as much cricket as other international sides.
"Our team has played as much cricket as others and since all players don't play all formats that argument does not hold.
"Senior players are professionals, they know their bodies well,” he said adding, "When the players ask for rest, it is granted."
On the issue of India's drubbing at the hands of England, Srinivasan said there will not be any formal inquiry on the team's debacle.
The BCCI chief also stated that it's the spree of injuries to many of the team's key players and England playing better cricket that led to India's dismal show on the tour. "There will be no formal enquiry into the loss against England," he said.
The BCCI chief also clarified that representing India has always been the top priority of the Board and there cannot be any compromise with that.
"Playing for India is most important, it is always the priority," he said adding, "IPL franchises have been told to report any injuries to the BCCI,"
Srinivasan also discarded the questions of bullying International Cricket Council (ICC) on using Decision Review System (DRS), saying the Indian Board had just clarified its perspective on the matter.
"If representing something makes you a bully, we can't help it,"
He also said as the accuracy of the technology was found wanting in India’s tour of England, and the Board will take up the issue with the ICC. He also said that the Board will try to convince the ICC to reverse their decision on DRS.
"On their tour of England, hot spot was found to be inaccurate, so we will take up the issue of reliability of DRS with ICC," Srinivasan said.
"We will have to convince ICC to reverse the decision on DRS," he added.
On the issue of BCCI not agreeing with the content_cnious Sports Bill, Srinivasan said the Board doesn’t agree with many points mentioned in the Bill, presented by Sports Minister Ajay Maken.
"There are many things in the sports bill that we do not agree with," Srinivasan said adding, "I do not see why BCCI being a private body should be under the RTI."
Srinivasan also said that the functioning of the Board is transparent as its accounts are made public every year.
"BCCI always had checks and balances, our accounts are made public every year."
"The BCCI website provides our finances, we spend money on cricket development," Srinivasan concluded.