BCCI keen on redeeming its image, bringing more transparency: Ajay Shirke
Newly-elected Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) secretary Ajay Shirke on Monday said that the cricket body was keen on 'redemption' of its image and bringing more transparency in its style of functioning.
New Delhi: Newly-elected Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) secretary Ajay Shirke on Monday said that the cricket body was keen on "redemption" of its image and bringing more transparency in its style of functioning.
Shirke had quit as BCCI treasurer as he wanted the erstwhile president N Srinivasan to step down from his post with match-fixing allegations levelled against his son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan during the 2013 edition of Indian Premier League.
Asked about his much-lauded decision to step down voluntarily, Shirke said," That's history."
"What's important is what we are able to achieve going forward. We want redemption of BCCI's image. We have a young and dynamic President and we will do our best to meet the aspirations of fans and all stakeholders," Shirke said.
"We want to improve upon transparency. Despite all the controversies, we have not failed to deliver on cricketing front. Be it IPL or World Cup or age tournaments, audits, all this has happened concurrently," he said.
Shirke asserted that advertising for post of India coach's job was a step in the direction of transparency.
"It's an initiative to improve and bring about more transparency. It's a welcome initiative. There has to be an eligibility criteria and we are in the process of making a document (on that criteria)," Shrike told NDTV.
Asked if former captain Rahul Dravid on the Board's radar for the job, Shirke said process will be followed and no one was on their radar.
Shirke did not comment on the implications of Lodha-committee recommendations, aimed at transforming the way BCCI functions.
"The matter is pending before the court. Predicting the outcome is speculation. It's better to wait," he said when specifically asked about one-state-one-vote recommendation put forward by the Lodha panel.
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