New Delhi: BCCI President N Srinivasan came down hard on the players arrested in the spot-fixing case, telling CNN-IBN's Karan Thapar that those found guilty should be sent to jail, while vehemently denying that the Indian Premier League was fixed.
"Every punishment is little for them. If these players are found guilty they should not be allowed to play cricket any more .... They should be sent to jail. This has shocked all of us, didn't expect it from a player like Sreesanth," the board president said.
When asked if these repeated incidents point towards the whole tournament being rigged, Srinivasan vehemently denied that. "Everybody is saying IPL is finished," he said. "I acknowledge three cricketers have done this. Naturally it will have some act and your view will be different from mine. If evidence comes out we will deal with it. Bcci is very concerned [but] IPL is not fixed."
When being quizzed if BCCI will reply to an RTI, Srinivasan said BCCI doesn't come under it. "BCCI is a private body. The RTI Act does not apply to us," he replied, saying he will come out with a reply one the police investigation is over.
"Delhi Police is investigating. Let the probe report be out. I am not in a state of denial. You are presumed to be innocent until proven guilty. BCCI will send a showcause notice and act as well. I will reply to facts. We have called an emergency meeting of the BCCI. We are meeting tomorrow.
"BCCI will look into the matter with great details. We will see if there was a systemic failure. If something goes wrong, it doesn't mean the whole tournament is bad. We will discuss with the Anti-Corruption Unit of the ICC and find out what has been done and what was not. We need tight regulations. We will strengthen our own laws."
Srinivasan refused to comment on what Lalit Modi had to say about his conflict of interest and involvement with the IPL franchise Chennai Super Kings, "Lalit modi is going through inquiries himself. Until that time I will not respond on anything he says. He is not credible." However, he went on to say that there is transparency in the function of the IPL.
"There is transparency in auction. If franchises have done something wrong, it is for the police to see. I do not agree on money transfer to South Africa [in 2009]. There have been some notices given; we have responded. It is with the Enforcement Directorate. I am confident they will not find any wrongdoing.
About his alleged ownership of the Chennai IPL franchise, Srinivasan said he is only a shareholder. "I do not own the Chennai franchise ... I am a shareholder of the company [India Cements] that owns the team.
Srinivasan said he doesn't own a public apology, rather it's the players who have been culprits. "IPL has not let down its fans. It's these players who have let their fans down. I do not have to personally apologise for this. Fault lies with the greed of the players."