N Srinivasan's dream of becoming the chairman of the International Cricket Council (ICC) seems to have hit a roadblock with the world body finally taking cognisance of the Supreme Court's observations in the IPL spot-fixing and betting case.
In a first, Iain Higgins, the world body's legal head, has asked Cricket Association of Bihar (CAB) secretary and petitioner Aditya Verma to provide him case-related documents. And in a long and detailed letter, Verma has reiterated that the ousted Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president be disallowed to represent India at the ICC.
In his letter, Verma has attached the apex court's orders refraining Srinivasan from discharging his duties as BCCI president. Verma has also reminded Higgins that Srinivasan has violated of the ICC's Code of Ethics.
According to the said code, all representatives must "act in an honest and ethical manner. In order to facilitate the transparent operation of the ICC, conduct that gives the appearance of impropriety will also be unacceptable. Directors shall not engage in any conduct that in any way denigrates the ICC or harms its public image. No funds or assets of the ICC may be used for any unlawful purpose, and no Director may engage in unlawful conduct". Also, all representatives must "at all times serve the interests of the ICC and the sport of cricket as a whole".
It's obvious that Srinivasan is bound by the terms of the code, Verma wrote. "We believe that Mr Srinivasan has violated the code on a number of occasions, having acted in a manner which denigrates the ICC and harms its public image. Furthermore, his continued embroilment in the matter (IPL spot-fixing case) does not serve the interests of the ICC and the sport of cricket as a whole."
Verma has also cited the report submitted by Justice Mukul Mudgal Committee, which said Srinivasan lied it about the role of his son-in-law, Gurunath Meiyappan, in the affairs of Chennai Super Kings.
It is understood that Verma and Higgins have been in touch of late. In fact, Higgins is the only ICC official to have responded to Verma's cries all these months. "I am glad at least one ICC official has agreed to hear me out. I have submitted all the necessary documents to Higgins. I hope the ICC will now stop Srinivasan from attending its meetings, let alone allow him from taking over as its chairman," Verma said. "I hope the ICC follows its rules. If not, I will be forced to file a contempt petition in the Supreme Court. I don't understand this. Srinivasan has been sidelined from the BCCI. How can this man then represent the BCCI at the ICC?" he reasoned.