Shashank Manohar blasts Srinivasan

Shashank Manohar blasts Srinivasan

Shashank Manohar Blasts N Srinivasan. Former president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Shashank Manohar has lashed out at the...

New Delhi: Former president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Shashank Manohar has lashed out at the re-elected president N Srinivasan, saying that the India Cements boss should not hold office in light of the IPL spot-fixing and betting scandal that has blemished the image of Indian cricket.

Manohar confirmed that many BCCI members, including Jagmohan Dalmiya, had asked him to contest elections at the BCCI Annual General Meeting (AGM) - said: "Srinivasan has no right to continue as president. If you had the slightest of conscience, self-esteem and care for the board, you ought to have put in your papers the moment your son-in-law [Gurunath Meiyappan] was arrested [for betting in IPL]. You did nothing and, as a result, the board's reputation has taken a hit to the extent that the people have lost faith in this board."

Since no one but Srinivasan filed nomination for the post of BCCI president, the cement baron was re-elected unopposed. "Many people, including Mr Dalmiya, requested me to come back and contest," Manohar confirmed. "I left the board two years back and I have not entered its premises again. I have no intention to come back. I said if all the members want me, I will not shirk the responsibility. This board has given me a lot and I was willing to give something back." The former BCCI chief blamed Srinivasan for tarnishing the board's image, while saying that the re-elected president is an "autocrat" and has no intention of cleaning up the mess.
"He is trying to shield everybody, his team included. He does not want to clean this mess. If my son was in Srinivasan's position, I would have asked him to resign. Srinivasan is an autocrat and wants all the power for himself," Manohar said.
"He told the media that his son-in-law was just 'an enthusiast'. His counsel argued before the courts that Srinivasan did not choose his son-in-law but his daughter did.”
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