ICC chief Srinivasan toppled as BCCI pulls support

MUMBAI – Narayanaswami Srinivasan was removed as International Cricket Council chairman on Monday after his home board announced it was withdrawing its support, following corruption scandals embroiling the sport in India.Srinivasan would be replaced as head of the sport’s world governing body by the powerful Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI)’s current president Shashank Manohar. “The BCCI representative to the ICC will be Shashank Manohar,” BCCI Secretary Anurag Thakur told reporters after the board’s annual general meeting in Mumbai. “And by virtue of being the board’s representative to the ICC he will take over as the ICC chairman,” he said.Srinivasan was appointed ICC chief in June last year after being chosen by the BCCI as India’s representative to the top role which rotates every two years among cricketing nations. But the cement tycoon has been caught up in corruption scandals that have hit the glitzy and lucrative Indian Premier League (IPL).The 70-year-old agreed to step aside as BCCI chief after an Indian Supreme Court panel found him guilty of a conflict of interest for having commercial dealings in the sport. Srinivasan is the managing director of India Cements which owns the Chennai Super Kings franchise captained by India skipper Mahendra Dhoni.India’s top court also found Srinivasan’s son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan guilty of illegal betting while serving as team principal at the Chennai Super Kings and banned him from all cricket-related activities. The court panel this year suspended Chennai Super Kings and another IPL franchise – Rajasthan Royals – from the Twenty20 league for two years due to misconduct by its officials.

ICC rules state that an administrator who is removed by his home board cannot serve in the world governing body, which effectively ends Srinivasan’s tenure immediately. When asked if he was satisfied at the development, Manohar said, “There is no question of satisfaction because I never aspired to this.” The top post would be handed over to England in 2016 for two years, followed by a representative from Australia.


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