New Delhi: Sanjay Jagdale, who resigned as the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) secretary on Friday to protest against N Srinivasan continuing as the cricket body chief, has refused to rejoin the board. Staying firm on his decision not to become the BCCI secretary again Jagdale said, "I have already conveyed my decision, I won't go back to the BCCI. Even if they call me today, I won't change my decision to quit."
BCCI caretaker chief Jagmohan Dalmiya will now have to appoint a new secretary unless Jagdale relents. "I have already conveyed my decision, I won't go back to the BCCI. I won't change my decision. I made my stance clear yesterday. I will send an official communication to Dalmiya later today," added Jagdale.
Dalmiya was made BCCI interim chief during the special working committee meeting where Srinivasan finally decided to step aside following the IPL spot-fixing and betting scandals which have seen his son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappam, three former Rajasthan Royals players and several bookies being arrested.
Questions are also being raised about the probe panel appointed by the BCCI with veteran journalist N Ram claiming that the two judges are not fit for the job entrusted to them. "We made our enquiries and these two are not fit to be on this committee. I can assure you and when we meet I will explain. But you can make your own enquiries and you'll find that Mr (T Jayaram) Chowta and Mr R Balasubramaniam are not suitable. I spoke with other retired judges and a fair bit of verification on this, they are not fit for the job," Ram told IBN18 Editor-in-Chief Rajdeep Sardesai.
At the end of the emergency meeting of the BCCI working committee in Chennai on Sunday, all that Srinivasan agreed to do was "not discharge his duties" till the probe into spot-fixing and betting scandals were completed.
Even though the BCCI expressed full confidence in Jagdale and former treasurer Ajay Shirke, who also quit on Friday, and requested them to withdraw their resignations in the larger interest of the Board, Jagdale had made it clear that he is not keen to be associated with the cricket body again.
While most BCCI officials scrambled to find their voice in public, the two men who had quit in the build-up to the meeting stuck to their position. Both Shirke and Jagdale immediately rejected calls for a return to their duties.
Ironically, while both Jagdale and Shirke along with former IPL chairman Rajeev Shukla have now lost their jobs after public resignations, Srinivasan's has only been put temporarily on ice, despite serious charges against his son-in-law.
The big question now is what happens in the near future? Will Dalmiya appoint the new BCCI secretary and treasurer? Does he in fact have the authority to do so since he has only been entrusted with running "day-to-day" affairs of the Board? And most importantly, will Sunday's decision be challenged in a court?