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BCCI chief Srinivasan likely to step down on Sunday

Last updated on: June 01, 2013 16:28 IST

The BCCI’s Emergent Working Committee meeting to be held in Chennai on Sunday, has been rescheduled from 11am to 2:30pm

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At the meeting, the Board President, N Srinivisan, is likely to put in his papers in the wake of the IPL spot-fixing scandal,.

"An Emergent meeting of the Working Committee of the BCCI will be held at 2:30 pm on Sunday, 2 June 2013, at the Park Sheraton, Chennai," BCCI Joint Secretary Anurag Thakur said in a statement.

N SrinivasanThe meeting of the all-powerful Working Committee may also decide on the interim chief for the Board till a new President is elected.

As pressure mounted on him to quit following the IPL spot-fixing scandal and the arrest of his son-in-law, Gurunath Meiyappan, on betting charges, the BCCI has advanced the Working Committee meeting which, Srinivasan had planned to convene on June 8.

The announcement came hours after Vice-President Arun Jaitley and Joint Secretary Anurag Thakur told reporters to wait for a "significant" development in a day's time.

The under-fire Srinivasan's adamant stand of sticking to the post of BCCI President despite the damaging scam, prompted Board Treasurer Ajay Shirke and Secretary Sanjay Jagdale to resign in protest on Friday.

The crisis in the BCCI has deepened with every passing day after Srinivasan's son-in-law and Chennai Super Kings Team Principal, Meiyappan, was arrested for alleged involvement in betting.

Srinivasan, whose company India Cements owns CSK, refused to resign despite repeated calls for his ouster, insisting that he did no wrong.

A distressed Board Vice President, Niranjan Shah, said the scandal has become increasingly "disgraceful" but stopped short of demanding Srinivasan's resignation.

"It is much regrettable and distressing that the situation is getting aggravated in an increasingly disgraceful manner...the matter pertaining resignation of BCCI's president Mr. Srinivasan should rather be a matter between himself and the rules and regulations of the Board," Shah said in a statement.

Sources in the Board said Srinivasan may announce his decision to quit the post and he has discussed the move with some of the officials.

Photograph: Rupak De Chowdhuri/Reuters

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