Srinivasan urged to step down

  • Last Updated: March 25 2014, 14:54 GMT

Indian cricket supremo N Srinivasan faced calls to stand down on Tuesday, with the country's Supreme Court reportedly leading the way.

N. Srinivasan: Facing calls to stand down
N. Srinivasan: Facing calls to stand down

Justice AK Patnaik has been quoted in India as requesting that Srinivasan - who is due to become the chairman of the International Cricket Council in July - step down from his position to allow for a full investigation into corruption in the Indian Premier League.

Patnaik's word is not binding on Srinivasan, but if he does not comply a formal order from the Supreme Court is likely to follow.

The Supreme Court has been considering the findings of the Mudgal Committee, a panel set-up to investigate allegations of spot-fixing and illegal betting in the IPL following the arrest of 38 players - including former India fast bowler Sreesanth last summer.

Srinivasan is a powerful figure both in his own nation and on the world stage, where he has used India's huge financial draw to leverage a series of sweeping changes to ICC governance - an overhaul completed in concert with the England and Wales Cricket Board and Cricket Australia.

But the latest developments appear to have eroded his power base, with three of the BCCI's vice-presidents suggesting he should heed the court's request.

The beleaguered Srinivasan now appears isolated even within the Board with three of the five vice-presidents - Shivlal Yadav, Ravi Sawant and Chitrak Mitra - asking him to abide by the Supreme Court observation.

The Press Trust of India quoted Shivlal Yadav, Ravi Sawant and Chitrak Mitra on Tuesday, with all three agreed on Srinivasan's best course of action.

"SC has given the order, nobody can challenge it. We have to accept it. It has to be carried out in total and BCCI will have to follow whatever the Apex Court has given," South Zone vice-president Yadav told PTI.

West Zone representative Sawant said: "Supreme Court is the highest authority. It the SC has said (Srinivasan must step down), nothing can be done. If the Supreme Court has said he should resign, then he should step down within these two days."

Mitrak, VP for East Zone, added: "The SC verdict said Srinivasan should step down for a proper investigation (into IPL fixing scandal). If he does not, the SC will pass an order to that effect on March 27."

An ICC spokesman told Press Association Sport: "This is an internal matter of the BCCI and the ICC has no comment to make."