New Delhi: The crisis in the Indian Premier League continues and the heat is on BCCI chief N Srinivasan to quit after his son-in-law and Chennai Super Kings CEO Gurunath Meiyappan was arrested by the Mumbai Police late on Saturday night on charges of betting and spot-fixing.
However, a defiant Srinivasan said that he will not be bulldozed into resigning and that he has done no wrong. Sources said that the BCCI working committee will consider impeachment if Srinivasan doesn't step down.
The board's top brass is in talks with former ICC chief Sharad Pawar and Jagmohan Dalmiya. Besides Dalmiya and Srinivasan, Indian Premier League Commissioner Rajeev Shukla, board vice president Chitrak Mitra and functionaries of Cricket Association of Bengal were present at the dinner in a South Kolkata five-star hotel.
Meanwhile, a Mumbai court sent Meiyappan to police custody till May 29. The police told the court that Meiyappan placed bets through Bollywood actor Vindoo Dara Singh and he may have passed on inside information to Vindoo.
But in the board he once ruled with an iron fist, the tide is turning into a tsunami against Srinivasan. Sources confirmed to CNN-IBN that a large number of the 30 voting members are now in favour of removing Srinivasan if he doesn't leave on his own. Among the names doing the rounds as possible temporary replacements were Arun Jaitley from Delhi, DV Subba Subba Rao from Andhra Pradesh, Shivlal Yadav from Hyderabad and the man Srinivasan replaced in the job Shashank Manohar.
And it isn't just in board circles that the heat is turning up on the BCCI chief. Voices in the Indian political spectrum too are calling for his head. Union Minister Kamal Nath said that Srinivasan's "position untenable".
CNN-IBN has also learnt that the BCCI is relying on two men - Sharad Pawar and Jagmohan Dalmiya to ensure that the transition from Srinivasan to his successor is achieved as smoothly as possible. Clearly Srinivasan's days at the helm of Indian cricket appear to be numbered.