Former BCCI Secretary Ajay Shirke Accused of Sabotaging England Series

Cricketnext Staff | Updated: January 12, 2017, 12:01 PM IST

File image of BCCI Secretary Ajay Shirke during a press conference. (Getty Images)

New Delhi: Trouble mounts for Ajay Shirke as the former Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) secretary has now been accused of sabotaging the ongoing limited overs series between India and England.

If reports are to be believed, Shirke called English Cricket Board President Giles Clarke to call-off England's tour of India.

The BCCI were reeling under the pressure of Justice Lodha Panel and Supreme Court in implementing the proposals of the Lodha committee. As a result, Ajay Shirke reportedly spoke to the ECB president asking him to call-off the series.

In an exclusive telephonic interview with CNN-News 18, the former BCCI secretary has hit out at the reports claiming that he wanted to sabotage the series.

"You used the word sabotage and it is a very strong word and it makes a very good headline," retorted Shirke.

"I speak to English Cricket Board President Giles Clarke very frequently because he is my friend. I will release the details of my exchange with Clarke when the right time comes," said Shirke.

Former India cricketer and BJP MLA Kirti Azad has lashed out at Shirke saying he does not have any authority in having an email conversation with the ECB.

"Shirke has no reason to mail the English Cricket Board now that he holds no position in the board. He is a serial offender and maligning the image of the country,"said Azad.

BCCI counsel Aryama Sundaram also hit out at the reports, terming it a witch-hunt.

"If you go by the yardstick that Ajay Shirke cannot speak to Giles Clarke just because he is not longer a member of the BCCI, then of course it is a witch hunt against certain individual," said Sundaram.

This sensational revelation comes just a week after the Supreme Court of India gave a landmark verdict and removed Anurag Thakur and Ajay Shirke from their respective positions in the board.

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The SC also decided to initiate contempt proceedings against Thakur by seeking his response as to why he should not be held liable for obstructing the implementation of the court's directions aimed at reforming BCCI.

In fact, Tamil Nadu Cricket Association president N Srinivasan recently informed the board that TNCA will not be able to organise the proposed games between the India and England U-19 teams, to add fuel to the fire.

First Published: January 12, 2017, 9:27 AM IST

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