I’ll make this one quick.
- The current Chairman of the International Cricket Council (ICC) is a guy named N Srinivasan.
- He is also the current President of the Board Control of Cricket in India (BCCI)
- One of the BCCI’s member states, Bihar, has prosecuted the BCCI in the Supreme Court of India for alleged corrupt activities.
- The Supreme Court of India have asked retired Justice Mudgal to investigate.
- Mudgal has offered his report to the Supreme Court.
- That reports names N Srinivasan as someone who could be involved in activities that are not consistent with the duties and obligations of a director of the BCCI. The details of what those activities may be are currently unclear.
- However, Srinivasan is also the Managing Director of Indian Cements, which owns the Chennai Super Kings in the IPL, which his son in law Mr Meiyappan manages whom incidently is under investigation of corrupt activity, just like the team itself, which is under suspicion of fixing a match with the Rajasthan Royals.
- The captain of India, MS Dhoni, is an employee of India Cements, is captain of the Chennai Super Kings and played in the fixed match that is under investigation
- Srinivasan says that he has done nothing wrong and should therefore not step aside
- As an aside, the IPL CEO, Mr Sundar Raman, who reports to Srinivasan has also been named by the Supreme Court of India
- This is interesting, because Srinivasan trumped up corruption charges against Haroon Lorgat (President of Cricket South Africa) and forced him to step aside while the investigation played out. It found he had no case to answer.
- NOT ONE RECOGNISED SENIOR JOURNALIST HAS WRITTEN ABOUT SRINIVASAN’S NAME BEING REVEALED IN THE SUPREME COURT. NOT INDIAN HARSHA BHOGLE NOR AUSTRALIAN MALCOLM CONN NOR ENGLISHMAN JOHN ETHERIDGE.
[Sorry for the caps, but I wanted to infer that I was raising my voice. I’m also probably being unfair to Conn given his new role, but you get the point]
NOT ONE FULL MEMBER, ASSOCIATE OR AFFILIATE OF THE ICC HAS SPOKEN OUT ASKING FOR SRINIVASAN TO STEP ASIDE AS ICC PRESIDENT WHILE UNDER INVESTIGATION BY THE SUPREME COURT OF INDIA
[Sorry for the caps and red text and slightly larger font, but I wanted to convey that I am angry and screaming and flipping the desk and probably used a swear word. Also, some apology is due to Wally Edwards. Sources tell me he asked Srinivasan to stand aside in June until the allegations are either proven or dismissed. However, Wally did not ask this of Srinivasan publicly, nor has he fulfilled his duty and demanded it for the all the correct and proper reasons.]
Just for added flavour, here are some craftily captured snapshots from the ICC”s own ‘Code of Ethics’
Clause 2.1 is inconvenient I guess:
Each Official shall act in an honest and ethical manner. In order to facilitate the transparent operation of the ICC, conduct that gives the appearance of impropriety will also be unacceptable. Officials shall not engage in any conduct that in any way denigrates the ICC or harms its public image or that brings the ICC into disrepute. Officials must avoid any conduct that is inconsistent with the objectives of the Code
of Ethics. No funds or assets of the ICC may be used for any unlawful purpose, and no Official may engage in unlawful conduct.
Clause 8.4 cleverly protects the innocent:
Any Official wishing to report an alleged violation of the Code of Ethics (a “Report”)
must do so by competing the template form attached at Appendix A to the Code of Ethics and filing the Report with the ICC Chairman.
Ok, I will fill in the form and hand it to N. Srinivasan given he is the Chairman of the ICC.
Oh wait, I forgot this part of clause 8.4
For the avoidance of doubt, Reports can only be lodged by an Official and third parties not themselves bound by the Code of Ethics do not have standing to lodge a Report under this Code of Ethics
Shit. That means only office bearers, or those sworn in under the code of the ICC can report violations.
Other people, like you know, Interpol or the Supreme Court of India or even myself can’t lodge the form.
Guess it means I should just forge an official title before I lodge the form given Giles Clarke (England and Wales Cricket Board Chairman) and Wally Edwards (Cricket Australia Chairman) don’t look like doing it.
Maybe I should just voluntarily swear myself in to be bound by the code?
Haroon Lorgat (Cricket South Africa Chairman), are you awake? Now’s your chance mate!
For further reading that will incite you to burn Srinivasan effigies, check this out.