Jagmohan Dalmiya has taken over as interim BCCI chief after N Srinivasan agreed to step aside, till the investigation into the IPL spot-fixing scandal is over, in the emergent board working committee meeting in Chennai on Sunday.
In a decision in which the pro-Sharad Pawar group appeared to have suffered a dent, the Working Committee of the Board decided that 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.
Sources said that key members including Arun Jaitley, Rajeev Shukla and Anurag Thakur appeared to have tilted the scales in favour of Dalmiya and softened the blow on Srinivasan.
While the Pawar group may have wanted former chief Shashank Manohar in Dalmiya’s place, it could also not ensure that Srinivasan resigned.
73-year-old Dalmiya will appoint a new member on the three-member inquiry commission in place of Sanjay Jagdale that will go into the allegations of betting and spot-fixing against Srinivasan’s son-in-law and CSK Team Principal Gurunath Meiyappan and his franchise CSK.
24 members of the Board attended the meeting in which there was no demand made for his resignation, Srinivasan said though Punjab Cricket Association chief I S Bindra claimed that he did. Two senior members of the Working Committee also said that the word resignation was not used at the meeting.
The meeting also urged Secretary Jagdale and Treasurer Ajay Shirke, who have resigned from the posts a couple of days ago, to rethink their decision and get back to the Board in 24 hours.
According to reports, Srinivasan, who reached the meeting venue almost three hours early, held a meeting with Jagmohan Dalmiya to work out a compromise formula.
In the face of a series of protest resignations by top board officials, including IPL commissioner Rajeev Shukla, a defiant Srinivasan has been forced to call an emergency board meeting in Chennai on Sunday.
Earlier in the day, in an unexpected twist to the IPL spot-fixing scandal, BCCI president N Srinivasan said he did not dictate any conditions for his exit as the board chief, the Times Now reported. Srinivasan, who was on Saturday reported to have set four conditions to step down, claimed it was all conspired by media.
It has been widely reported that Srinivasan has laid down four key conditions for stepping aside, pending the BCCI inquiry into the betting-fixing scandal.
These are: a) he should continue to represent India at the International Cricket Council (ICC); b) the two officials who resigned on Friday – board secretary Sanjay Jagdale and treasurer Ajay Shirke – should not return to the board; c) he would choose the secretary and treasurer before he leaves; and d) the interim president should be someone who is already in the board.