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New Delhi, 4 June: BCCI Vice President Arun Jaitley is not “fully satisfied” with how the Working Committee meeting panned out in Chennai, saying he would have preferred Shashank Manohar in place of Jagmohan Dalmiya as head of the four-member “interim arrangement”.
Bowing to all-round pressure, N Srinivasan had on Sunday agreed to “step aside” as BCCI President under a compromise formula that brought back former Chief Dalmiya as head of a four-member “interim arrangement” to run the Board, more than a fortnight after the spot-fixing scandal rocked Indian cricket.
“I won’t say that I am fully satisfied. The game of cricket is synonymous with fairness and when you have three players being arrested because they are involved in unfair practice which graduates into fixing or a relative of the senior board official is allegedly involved in betting, it casts very serious doubts and calls for a very strong action,” said Jaitley.
“I would have been happier if the time of arrangement had been cordially arrived at on Day 1 rather than on Day 8 or 9,” Jaitley told NDTV. Jaitley said he had proposed the name of ex-president Manohar even without taking his consent. “I would have personally liked to see him and therefore even without his consent suggested his name. I would have been extremely happy if he says so. Shashank has impeccable credentials, he said he has no intention of coming back as he has retired from the Board. He is an honourable man. I would be very happy for him. Most of the members agreed on Mr Dalmiya’s name, who is an experienced person. It’s not the occasion for us to squabble over names,” he added. The Working Committee of the Board decided that former president Dalmiya will conduct its day-to-day affairs after Srinivasan announced that he will not discharge his duties as the President till such time the probe is completed. When asked specifically what his main concern was, Jaitley said, “When insiders get involved in betting, betting transforms into fixing and I think this is very serious challenge to the fairness of the game in India.”
“That’s hugely uneasy. I would like to see whoever is responsible for it… by a fair mechanism the accountability process has now been set into the motion and it should be taken to its logical end,” he said.
Jaitley informed that he was the one who made most of the suggestions in the meeting which were accepted by a majority of the Board members.