Manohar requests Srini to withdraw perjury case

Manohar told media that current BCCI dispensation would not be "vindictive" towards any unit members including TNCA, headed by Srinivasan, amidst speculations about the Tamil Nadu strongman's future as ICC chairman.

The newly elected BCCI president Shashank Manohar said that current BCCI dispensation would not be "vindictive" towards anyone.   -  AP

BCCI President Shashank Manohar today requested N Srinivasan to consider withdrawing the PIL filed by him against Board Secretary Anurag Thakur on allegations of perjury.

It has been learnt that Manohar told Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA) representative P.S. Raman to convey his message to Srinivasan.

“The BCCI president told Raman that it is his request to Srinivasan that he withdraws the PIL regarding allegations of perjury against Anurag. He told Raman that they can avoid litigation on issues which can be solved through internal discussions as matters of board should be solved in the forum,” a BCCI official present during the Special General Meeting told PTI on condition of anonymity.

‘Will not be vindictive’

Manohar later came out and told media that current BCCI dispensation would not be “vindictive” towards any unit members including TNCA, headed by Srinivasan, amidst speculations about the Tamil Nadu strongman's future as ICC chairman. In fact Manohar did not answer any queries on those lines.

“The discussions started when Maharashtra CA chief Ajay Shirke straightaway questioned Kerala CA supremo TC Mathew as to how he could file an affadavit against Thakur in the PIL filed by Srinivasan. Even treasurer Aniruddh Chaudhary came in for some tough questioning from the members about his affidavit against Thakur,” the member recollected the events of the short meeting.

It was learnt that many unit members did not even allow Chaudhary to speak, who tried to explain his stand as to why he filed an affidavit against Thakur in the perjury case.

“The treasurer (Chaudhary) had just started giving an explanation when people stopped him. The president then said that BCCI matters should be collectively sorted on the floor of the house. In fact, both Mathew and Chaudhary have been advised to withdraw their affidavits,” the source said.

The case will be heard in the Supreme Court tomorrow. Meanwhile, in a bid to avoid any conflict of interest, Manohar's son Adwait, who is a part of BCCI's legal cell, has resigned from the position.

On the option before the BCCI of terminating the two suspended IPL franchises - Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals - Manohar asked for time to study the whole issue.

“It is hardly 25 minutes back that I took over (as President) and you can't expect me to look into all the Board's records. At least give me two months' time. There are a lot many issues to be addressed. After two months, you can ask me any question.”

‘IPL will happen’

But he insisted that next year's IPL will take place. “It would happen,” he said to a pointed question. He also supported all the facets of DRS except it being used to decide on leg before the wicket decision given by the on-field umpire.

“I am agreeable to everything except the lbw decision because you are substituting the opinion of the third umpire in place of the main umpire while even the camera angle can make a diference with regard to the angle of the delivery. On all other things, I am agreebale to DRS. This I have stated at the ICC meetings since 2010.”

On resumption of Indo-Pak cricket contests, Manohar said it was not only related to the two cricket boards but also depends on the two countries' governments.

“India-Pakistan series is not only between two Boards but both the countries' governments are involved. We have to discuss among ourselves before taking a final decision.”