Chandigarh: Terming the BCCI’s emergency meeting at Chennai a ‘farce’, former Board chief and Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) president IS Bindra on Monday said that his crusade against wrongdoings would continue. “It is a difficult fight but then other sports internationally have, to a large extent, succeeded in battling the monster. It has to be a relentless fight and it has to be fought with conviction and zero tolerance,” Bindra was quoted as saying on his website, www.isbindra.com.
“I can only offer my sympathies to them (fans). Frankly, at the end of it all, I had a sinking feeling and felt why at all did I travel down south in this excruciating heat, catching a flight at six,” Bindra said.
He said that it was a colossal waste of Board’s money and time of the members as well as of the huge posse of media which waited in anticipation to hear something more tangible than “a drab statement issued from Delhi by the board’s joint secretary who, along with two other politicians did not think the meeting was important enough to fly down to Chennai”.
“After the meeting I can only construe that the Board’s image has taken a beating and in all my years of association with it I have never seen its reputation plummet to rock bottom,” Bindra said while elaborating the proceedings of yesterday’s meeting.
He said that soon after calling the meeting to order, Board president N Srinivasan shocked the gathering by saying that the meet was an ‘informal one as a board affiliate questioned its validity since the mandatory 72 hours notice was not given as required under the BCCI constitution’.
Bindra claimed that many members at the meeting felt that the best course for Srinivasan was to quit as a first step to restore peoples’ faith in the game in general and the Board in particular.
“They were only left whispering whereas I stood up to tell Srinivasan more than once during the meeting that he should gracefully quit. I am surprised to find that Srinivasan had the gall to say that I did not ask for his resignation! The members who attended the meeting should now stand up and say who was telling the truth, Srini or me,” Bindra added.