GGS NEWS : 31 May : Two top BCCI officials – secretary Sanjay Jagdale and treasurer Ajay Shirke – have resigned from their posts following the widespread criticism of the board’s handling of the corruption issues in the IPL. Jagdale also said he will not serve on the three-man commission appointed to conduct the inquiry into Gurunath Meiyappan, India Cements and the owners of Rajasthan Royals.
“I have resigned from the post of the secretary of the BCCI,” Jagdale, who took office in September 2011 when N Srinivasan became BCCI president, told Times Now. “I am deeply hurt with the recent developments in Indian cricket. Let some new faces come and take the responsibility.” Jagdale was aware of Shirke’s resignation too.
“No, there was no pressure, nobody influenced me. I felt deeply hurt, nothing else, there is no [other] reason behind it,” Jagdale told CNN-IBN, when asked if Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association president Jyotiraditya Scindia had influenced his decision. “I was hurt as a former cricketer, as an administrator, as a cricket lover, I hurt like any of the millions of cricket lovers in India.”
Jagdale did not offer opinion on whether Srinivasan should step down as president. “This was my decision, I leave it for Mr Srinivasan, he has been in the game for a longer period than me,” he said. “He is capable of taking his own decisions.”
Jagdale’s resignation left the probe panel compromised. “I had already requested the president not to keep me there, I had never wanted to be there,” Jagdale said. He is a former first-class player, having represented Madhya Pradesh in 53 first-class matches and formed part of the senior selection panel in the early years of the 2000s.
Shirke had said on Thursday night that he was not happy with the way the BCCI had handled the issues of spot-fixing allegations against three Royals players and betting charges against Gurunath, a top Chennai Super Kings official and Srinivasan’s son-in-law. “Yes that’s true [I have resigned],” Shirke, who also began his term when Srinivasan became president, said. “I have spelt out my reason and don’t want to comment any more. I have already spoken to the media at length, therefore I have resigned.”
Shirke went on, “I am deeply hurt about the recent controversies and the response of the board to the controversies. I care about the reputation of the sport, the reputation of the institution and above all my own reputation.”
ESPNcricinfo understands that senior BCCI officials had been in constant discussion with Srinivasan, asking him to step aside from his office as board president until the three-man commission completed its inquiry into his son-in-law Gurunath, the Super Kings owners India Cements and the owners of Rajasthan Royals. Srinivasan, however, had paid no heed to their advice.
Late on Friday, Srinivasan agreed to call for a working committee meeting next week to discuss the corruption issues plaguing the IPL. The date of the meeting is yet to be confirmed, but ESPNcricinfo understands it will be held over the next weekend.