NEW DELHI: India’s sports ministry piled pressure on the chief of the country’s cricket board to quit on ‘moral grounds’ over a widening betting and spot-fixing scandal that has rocked the sport.
Narayanaswami Srinivasan, head of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), is under fire after his son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan was arrested for allegedly betting on Indian Premier League (IPL) matches.
The BCCI on Tuesday set up a three-member inquiry commission to look into complaints against Meiyappan, an executive at the Chennai Super Kings IPL team.
“The ministry of youth affairs and sports has observed with considerable disquiet, the reports about match- and spot-fixing in cricket,” said a statement from the ministry. “As there is a conflict of interest in this inquiry, therefore the BCCI president should tender his resignation on moral grounds, pending the outcome of the inquiry,” it added.
Published in The Express Tribune, May 30th, 2013.