Don't quit, Jagmohan Dalmiya told N. Srinivasan, chief assured of board support
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Amid calls for his resignation, BCCI president N. Srinivasan is reported to have considered the option of quitting last week over the IPL spot-fixing scandal. But Jagmohan Dalmiya, chief of the Cricket Association of Bengal, may have convinced him otherwise.
At his dinner in Kolkata on Saturday, it is learnt that Dalmiya advised N. Srinivasan not to consider tendering his resignation as the dissenting voices had come from outside the BCCI. A defiant Srinivasan then announced that he would not be "bulldozed" into quitting.
After he was reassured about the support from within the BCCI, Srinivasan is reported to have quipped to a board member that "if nothing has happened to Delhi's son-in-law", things would be fine for his son-in-law too.
When BCCI vice-president Arun Jaitley advised Srinivasan to step down on Sunday, the latter had already made up his mind. During the board meeting later in the day, it is learnt that a few members wanted N. Srinivasan to step down but there was no strong voice to lead the opposition.
"People talked about Shashank Manohar replacing Srinivasan, but he has been completely out of the cricketing circle. Nobody can walk in one day and say I'll be the president. Manohar has not been in touch after he left the BCCI two years ago," said a BCCI member.
Earlier, NCP spokesperson D P Tripathi had called for Srinivasan's resignation. The party, however, later clarified that it was Tripathi's personal view.
NCP chief Sharad Pawar and Dalmiya are known to share a frosty relationship. "Many members felt that Tripathi's statement came from Pawar... Srinivasan got the backing of Dalmiya and was assured that he would not be forced to step down," said a source in the board.