Chennai: A defiant and combative BCCI President, who has decided to hang on to his position despite the IPL spot-fixing scandal, today said his resignation is being sought only by a “hounding media”.
Srinivasan, whose son-in-law and Chennai Super Kings CEO Gurunath Meiyappan has been arrested for alleged involvement in betting, reached here after attending the IPL final last night in Kolkata, where the crowd booed him during the presentation ceremony.
“The press is hounding me, the media is hounding me. I have already clarified everything in the press conference. I have no reason to resign,” Srinivasan retorted when presspersons at the airport asked him about the scandal and whether he should resign on moral grounds.
Srinivasan had yesterday held a press conference hours before the final to declare that he would not step down. He also announced the setting up of a three-member enquiry panel to investigate the scandal, that led to the arrest of three Rajasthan Royals players.
The BCCI President asserted that he has done nothing wrong and rejected reports of a revolt against him in the BCCI. He made it clear that he would not be “railroaded, pushed and threatened to quit”.
“My support is complete and not one member in BCCI has asked for my resignation,” he had said.
“I have a job and we will act strictly. I assure you, the BCCI will act without fear or favour to investigate and if a player, franchise or owners have breached any rules, action will be taken,” he said.
The three-member enquiry commission will consist of two members of the IPL Operations Committee and an independent person in whose appointment he will have no role.
The five members of the committee are Arun Jaitley, Rajeev Shukla, Sanjay Jagdale, Ajay Shirke and Ravi Shastri.