Chennai: He might have stepped aside but BCCI President N Srinivasan remained a combative man after the Board's Emergent Working Committee meeting, insisting that not a single member asked him to resign during the ‘smooth’ discussion on Sunday.
     
"After discussions, I announced I will not discharge my duty till the probe is completed. In the meanwhile, because the Board has to function, the Board asked (Jagmohan) Dalmiya to take care of the things," said a composed Srinivasan after the meeting.
     
Asked if any member of the Board asked him to step down, Srinivasan said, "No, nobody."

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Srinivasan was expected to put in his papers during the meeting on Sunday after his son-in-law and Chennai Super Kings Team Principal Gurunath Meiyappan was arrested for alleged involvement in betting. Srinivasan's company India Cements owns CSK.

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But at the meeting, Srinivasan merely stepped aside and the day-to-day functioning of the BCCI was handed over to Dalmiya.
     
The pressure on Srinivasan had mounted on Saturday night after three top Board officials, Treasurer Ajay Shirke, Secretary Sanjay Jagdale and IPL Chairman Rajeev Shukla, resigned.

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Talking to media persons, Srinivasan said that BCCI members requested Jagdale and Shirke to rejoin.

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"All of us requested Jagdale and Shirke to continue so that there is continuity. They said they will come back on Monday," said Srinivasan.
     
Srinivasan also rebutted Board member IS Bindra's assertion that he was the only one to seek the Chennai strongman's resignation.
     
"At the meeting, Bindra did not ask me to resign. He did not say that. It was a smooth meeting, there was no acrimony. Members appreciated the tests that are there ahead for the BCCI," he said.

(Agencies)

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