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May 24, 2013 at 07:12pm IST

Sharad Pawar should replace N Srinivasan as BCCI chief: Subrata Roy

New Delhi: The clamour for N Srinivasan's head is growing stronger as after Sharad Pawar-led NCP, Sahara India Chief Subrata Roy has also said that the BCCI president should step down in the present scenario. Roy went a step further and said Pawar should replace Srinivasan as BCCI chief.

"I totally agree that Srinivasan should step down. It's important that he should step down in present circumstances. Persons who are wrong should be handled strongly to set a strong example," Roy said while speaking to CNN-IBN. "If Sharad Pawar is given sufficient time, then he is the right man for BCCI presidents post."

Roy further said that any team should be scrapped if its owner is involved in betting. "If owner is involved in betting then the team should be scrapped. Players should be taken care off if the team is being scrapped.

Talking about his estranged relationship with the BCCI, Roy said everything was good between them and the board till Shashank Manohar was the BCCI chief. "Till Shashank Manohar was there, we used to love our relation with the BCCI," Roy said. "Earlier BCCI was well managed. I had 14-year-old relationship with them. But Srinivasan could not fulfil his commitments."

Srinivasan has been in the eye of the storm since the IPL spot-fixing scandal, involving three Rajasthan Royals players, came into limelight last week. Things went from bad to worse for the BCCI chief ever since the name of his son-in-law and Chennai Super Kings' team principal and CEO, Gurunath Meiyappan, was linked to the controversy.

In a surprising move on Tuesday, Sahara India, the owner of Pune Warriors India, pulled out of the Indian Premier League, having failed to pay the full franchise fee for the current year which resulted in BCCI encashing the bank guarantee.

Sahara bought Pune franchise for a record Rs 1702 crore for 10 years. But they had a dispute regarding the reduction of the franchise fee as initially there were 94 matches which was later reduced to 74 matches.

Coming down heavily on the BCCI, Sahara said it was "disgusted" by the board's attitude towards it and would not rejoin the league even if the entire franchise fee was waved off. "...we would not keep the IPL franchisee even if the entire franchisee fee is waved off. It is firm and final decision of Sahara to withdraw from IPL," the Sahara Group said in a detailed statement.

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