One won’t be exaggerating if it is said that at the current hour N Srinivasan is the most hated man in India. Hated by most of his colleagues, as its obvious the way they are slowly but surely isolating him. Hated by his political contacts, most of whom have come out in open demanding his resignation and most of all, hated by the common man, the cricket lover, as it was evident during the presentation ceremony of the IPL final on Sunday, as a near to 66000 strong crowd in the stadium, energetically booed away as Ravi Shastri introduced Srinivasan in the presentation party. So why is Srinivasan being so adamant considering the tide turning against him. Why is he waiting to be booted out? Why doesn’t get the point that the reputation of the BCCI and most importantly, of cricket, is degrading faster by the minute. For once, he should have seen this coming.
In the seemingly arrogant press conference, Srinivasan lied to the nation blatantly as he referred to his tainted son-in-law, Gurunath Maeyyapan as a mere cricket enthusiast, where as the police investigations being conducted by the Mumbai & Delhi crime branches, are digging out a new proof almost everyday, proving that he was a certified owner of the Chennai Super Kings. Not just that, but even news channels and papers are shouting their lungs out as to how a corrupt nexus of corporate and so-called “cricket enthusiasts” is trying to save Gurunath. When so many things are out in the open and clear, what was the necessity for Srinivasan to lie on live television and then arrogantly refuse to step down? Earlier on Wednesday, it was announced that Srinivasan, still in his capacity as BCCI president, had ordered a “probe” into the allegations of his son-in-law, by forming a three-man panel. The panel is to include, two retired judges and Sanjay Jagdale, a strong supporter of Srinivasan within the BCCI. Its interesting to note that, both retired judges are South Indians. Many, including the man who introduced him to cricket administration and former BCCI president, A C Muttaih, dismissed this panel and probe as a farce. Infact, Union Power Minister, Jyotiraditya Scindia, who is also a part of the BCCI, A Govind of the Hyderabad Cricket Association, DDCA President & BJP leader Arun Jaitely, IPL Governor Rajiv Shukla, have all come out in open, sharply criticizing this move. And rightly so. How can a committee appointed by the BCCI president, investigate conflicts of interest against himself? Who is Srinivasan kidding?Its high time Srinivasan realizes that the cricket lover has had enough. He has been cheated and fooled into watching what one thought was a clean and enjoyable game of cricket. But with this current controversy, things have gone too far.
Even the Union Sports Minister, in a press release, on Wednesday said that its time N Srinivasan stepped down on moral grounds. Former BCCI strong man and patron-in-chief Sharad Pawar has criticized him for the way the whole scandal has been handled. And if Srinivasan still thinks, that he is right, he should simply step down, wait till the cops investigate, let another independent BCCI panel conduct an enquiry and prove the fact that he stands by a transparent system of justice. He can always make a comeback later, once his own personal image is proven clean. But more than that, whats upsetting most people is the way that he has kept himself above the game of cricket, and arrogantly so. He doesn’t realize that ultimately, cricket is ending up as the loser.