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Srinivasan must not exercise any functions of the ICC: FICA

Last updated on: April 04, 2014 14:14 IST

Srinivasan must not exercise any functions of the ICC: FICA

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The Federation of International Cricketers' Associations wants the under-fire N Srinivasan to step aside from all ICC functions after being forced out as president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India following the IPL betting and spot-fixing scandal.

Srinivasan was forced to step down following the Supreme Court's directive that former India cricketers Sunil Gavaskar and Shivlal Yadav perform split duties as BCCI president in his place.

While Gavaskar has been made in-charge of the Indian Premier League, ex-off spinner Yadav was directed to look after non-IPL-related issues.

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FICA executive chairman Paul Marsh said it was imperative that the ICC Board also acted strongly in response to the situation involving Srinivasan, who is scheduled to take over as the first chairman of ICC Board in June.

Marsh called on the ICC Board to take note of the Supreme Court's recent orders and apply the same principles to ICC activities.

"Serious allegations of betting and spot-fixing in IPL 2013 have been made against Mr Gurunath Meiyappan as the alleged Team Principal of Chennai Super Kings and these remain the subject of proceedings before the Indian Supreme Court," read a media statement from Marsh on Friday.

"While we are pleased that Mr Srinivasan, at the behest of the Supreme Court, has agreed to step down from his duties as BCCI President, we are of the firm belief that he should not be exercising any functions on behalf of the ICC either, while any investigations concerning his conduct or that of his company are pending or unresolved," he said. 

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Image: N Srinivasan
Photographs: Rupak De Chowdhuri/Reuters

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'For our game to survive we need it to be free of any suspicion of corruption'

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Noting that Srinivasan is the Managing Director of Indian Cements Limited, which owns IPL team Chennai Super Kings, and also the father-in-law of betting accused Gurunath Meiyappan, Marsh pointed out the Apex Court's directive asking all persons connected with the cement firm, barring players and commentators, to stay away from the BCCI.

"The Supreme Court order from last Friday noted that Mr Srinivasan had made a written offer through his legal counsel to step aside from his functions as BCCI President until investigations into the allegations against him were completed.

"The Supreme Court has issued an interim order prohibiting any employees of India Cements Limited (other than players or commentators) from performing any duties for the BCCI. FICA understands that the order applies to Mr Srinivasan, as Managing Director of the company," Marsh said.

"The cricket world has been told time and again by the ICC that corruption is the game's biggest issue and that the game has a zero tolerance approach to it," said the FICA Chief Executive.

"For our game to survive we need it to be not only free of corruption but free of any suspicion of corruption.

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Image: FICA chief Paul Marsh
Photographs: Corey Davis/Getty Images

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'Under the current circumstances, the prospect of Mr Srinivasan taking the highest posting in world cricket is an impossible one'

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"The ICC needs to put the reputation of the game and confidence in its procedures first. The players, and other stakeholders in the game, are entitled to expect this from the ICC's Executive Board.

"Under the current circumstances, the prospect of Mr Srinivasan taking the highest posting in world cricket while these matters are unresolved, is an impossible one," Marsh added.

FICA is the umbrella body for players around the world but no Indian cricketer is its member.

The BCCI and FICA have been at loggerheads over several issues in the recent past and the latter had opposed the structural changes, perceived to be spearheaded by the Indian body, effected in the ICC Board recently.

Marsh had called ICC Board's decision to approve changes to its governance, competition and financial models as "a very sad day for our game."

"FICA and its members will continue to oppose these changes in the interests of the game's future," Marsh concluded.


Image: N Srinivasan
Photographs: Ritam Banerjee/Getty Images

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