New Delhi: An upset Sahara Group chief Subrato Roy on Friday vented his anger on BCCI president N Srinivasan and demanded that Chennai Super Kings, which is embroiled in the spot-fixing scandal, should be "scrapped immediately" from the T20 league.
     
Questioning Srinivasan's conflict of interest in the game, Roy said CSK's contract should be terminated immediately in the wake of franchise owner Gurunath Meiyappan's name cropping up in the spot-fixing scandal.
     
"If a franchise is involved in betting their contract should immediately be scrapped. If a owner is involved in betting it's wrong," he said. "People who rule sports bodies, National Sports Federations (NSFs) should be clear. A rule should be made that NSFs should be governed by sportspersons."
     
The Sahara chief stated that it will not sponsor the Indian cricket team as long as the Srinivasan stays at the helm of BCCI. "It's really unfair, sad, irritating and disgusting. The last 13-14 years we had enjoyed such a harmonious relationship (with BCCI) till Shashank Manohar was there. But after that it is so disgusting," said Roy, the owner of the Pune Warriors franchise which has pulled out of the IPL over financial issues with the BCCI.
     
"We enjoyed such a good relation with BCCI till Shashank Manohar was there." Asked whether he will reconsider his decision to sponsor the Indian cricket team if Srinivasan is not at the helm, the Sahara chief said, "I will say yes to it."
     
"Everything revolves around Srinivasan. He doesn't know how to run a sports body like BCCI. A sports body chief shouldn't have such egoistic attitude," Roy told.

The Sahara chief held BCCI responsible for the entire spot-fixing fiasco and said it was betrayed by the Board. "When we took the franchise we have been assured of 94 matches and that's why we have quoted such a big price but later on it was reduced to 64 matches.
     
"I tried to convince him (Srinivasan) but he didn't listen. He committed but later broke all the commitments. I am sorry to say such a person shouldn't head an important sports body like BCCI," Roy said.
     
"We never defaulted in the last 13-14 years. We were trying our best to get the arbitration done but that was not happening. My legal team even advised me to withdraw after the start of the tournament but I said this is not sporting," he added.
     
Questioning Srinivasan's conflict of interest in the game, Roy said Chennai Super Kings' contract should be terminated immediately in the wake of franchise owner Gurunath Meiyappan's name cropping up in the spot-fixing scandal.
     
"If a franchise is involved in betting their contract should immediately be scrapped. If a owner is involved in betting it's wrong," he said. "People who rule sports bodies, National Sports Federations (NSFs) should be clear. A rule should be made that NSFs should be governed by sportspersons."

(Agencies)

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