Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) President-in-exile N. Srinivasan on Thursday remained headstrong and confirmed that he will stand for re-elections as the board’s chief, in spite of the looming match-fixing allegations and cases levelled against him in the sixth season of the Indian Premiere League (IPL).
According to reports the BCCI is divided on their support for their next President and former President Shashank Manohar and Sharad Pawar are favorable candidates to return to fill the board’s top office. Srinivasan would need 16 votes out of 31 to return as the BCCI President
On September 13, Rajasthan Royals pacer Sreesanth was handed a life ban by the BCCI for his involvement in spot-fixing in IPL 2013. His IPL team-mate Ankeet Chavan was also banned for life.
Additionally, Gujarat cricketer-turned-bookie, Amit Singh was slammed with a five-year ban, while Rajasthan Royals seamer Siddharth Trivedi was suspended for one year for not reporting an approach during the twenty-twenty tournament. The BCCI has been inflicted with several controversies after multiple allegations were made against players and owners, as part of the IPL spot-fixing scandal at the tournament"s sixth edition.
N Srinivasan, who owns India Cements, had stepped aside as the BCCI chief after his son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan, part of the Chennai Super Kings management, was arrested on charges of betting in IPL matches. He was later released on bail.
Earlier, Rajasthan Royals co-owner Raj Kundra was questioned by Delhi Police and was reported to have been betting on IPL matches. The scandal broke up with the arrest of three cricketers - S Sreesanth, Ankeet Chavan and Ajit Chandila - amidst IPL 6.