Calling BCCI meeting eyewash uncharitable: Dalmiya

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Chennai, June 3: Soon after being made the head of an "interim" set-up to run the Cricket Board, former BCCI President Jagmohan Dalmiya on June 2 backed incumbent N Srinivasan and said calling the arrangement an eyewash was "uncharitable and unreasonable".

"I think the members felt it was too fast to demand his resignation," Dalmiya said after the Emergent Working Committee meeting here.

"It was the most uncharitable and unreasonable comment you have made," Dalmiya said when asked by a reporter if the meeting was an eyewash.

Bowing to all-round pressure, Srinivasan agreed to "step aside" as BCCI President under a compromise formula that brought back former Chief Dalmiya as head of a four-member "interim arrangement" to run the Board, more than a fortnight after the spot-fixing scandal rocked Indian cricket.

Dalmiya said nobody in the committee asked for the beleaguered President's resignation. "Nobody had asked for his resignation. I can say nobody came forward. It was unnecessary, like going after a punching bag," the CAB President said.

He also refused to call the entire arrangement a compromise. "It is the working committee which felt that way. There was no compromise."

He agreed that the reputation of Indian cricket has taken a hit. "As far as cricket is concerned, there are lot of problems and they need to be cleared. Undoubtedly, everything needs to be brought above the board."


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