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FICA wants Srinivasan to stand aside from ICC duties

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Published: Friday, April 4, 2014, 13:15 [IST]
 
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'Srinivasan should stand aside from ICC'

Sydney, Apr 4: The Federation of International Cricketers' Associations (FICA) today called on the International Cricket Council (ICC) Board to direct BCCI chief N Srinivasan to stand aside from all ICC functions.

FICA Executive Chairman Paul Marsh Friday said it was imperative that the ICC Board acted strongly in response to the situation involving Srinivasan.

Srinivasan is set to take charge as ICC Chairman from July, 2014.

"Serious allegations of betting and spot fixing in IPL 2013 have been made against Mr Gurunath Meiyappan as the alleged Team Principal of Chennai Super Kings and these remain the subject of proceedings before the Indian Supreme Court," Marsh said in a report posted on Australian Cricketers' Association website.

"Mr Srinivasan is the Managing Director of Indian Cements Limited (the owner of the Chennai Super Kings) and is also the father-in-law of Mr Meiyappan.

"The Supreme Court order from last Friday noted that Mr Srinivasan had made a written offer through his legal counsel to step aside from his functions as BCCI President until investigations into the allegations against him were completed.

"The Supreme Court has issued an interim order prohibiting any employees of India Cements Limited (other than players or commentators) from performing any duties for the BCCI. FICA understands that the order applies to Mr Srinivasan, as Managing Director of the company."

Marsh called on the ICC Board to take note of the Supreme Court's recent orders and apply the same principles to ICC activities.

"While we are pleased that Mr Srinivasan, at the behest of the Supreme Court, has agreed to step down from his duties as BCCI President, we are of the firm belief that he should not be exercising any functions on behalf of the ICC either, while any investigations concerning his conduct or that of his company are pending or unresolved," he said.

"Under the current circumstances, the prospect of Mr Srinivasan taking the highest posting in world cricket while these matters are unresolved, is an impossible one," Marsh said.

Recently Supreme Court made former India captain Sunil Gavaskar as interim president of BCCI for IPL 7.

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