BCCI to hold emergency meeting over fixing

THE Board of Control for Cricket in India will hold an emergency meeting in Chennai today to discuss the ongoing spot-fixing scandal in the Indian Premier League that led to the resignation of three top officials.

“I’ve requested the president [Narainswamy Srinivasan] to call for an emergency meeting of the working committee and he has agreed,” BCCI joint secretary Anurag Thakur said yesterday. “We’ve enough issues to discuss and all of them will be discussed at the meeting.”

BCCI secretary general Sanjay Jagdale, right, and treasurer Ajay Shirke resigned on Friday, indicating they were hurt at recent developments but refused to give specific reasons.

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IPL chairman Rajeev Shukla resigned suddenly yesterday. “I’ve decided to quit as IPL chairman,” Shukla said. “It’s a decision which I was pondering over for some time. Sanjay Jagdale and Ajay Shirke resigned in the best interest of Indian cricket, and I thought this is the right time for me.”

There have been calls for Srinivasan to step down because his son-in-law and Chennai Super Kings official Gurunath Meiyappan has been arrested by police in the spot-fixing probe. But Srinivasan has refused, saying there is no allegation against him and he wouldn’t influence an ongoing internal probe ordered by the BCCI.

Test cricketer Shantakumaran Sreesanth and players Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan were arrested two weeks ago for allegedly receiving money from bookmakers to manipulate parts of IPL games involving their Rajasthan Royals team.