Cricket: Indian chief must quit, says ministry

NEW DELHI, May 29, 2013 (AFP) – India’s sports ministry on Wednesday 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. N. Srinivasan, head of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), has been 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 which is owned by Srinivasan’s group India Cements.

“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 sports ministry headed by Jitendra Singh.

“As there is a conflict of interest in this inquiry, therefore BCCI President should tender his resignation on moral grounds, pending the outcome of the inquiry,” it added.

Earlier Wednesday IPL chairman Rajeev Shukla said “it would be good” if Srinivasan — who is managing director of India Cements — stayed away from the inquiry into the spot-fixing allegations.