I've done nothing wrong: ICC chief

New chairman says his conscience is clear despite having being named in a report into corruption claims in Indian Premier League

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 26 June, 2014, 9:28pm
UPDATED : Friday, 27 June, 2014, 12:23am


Controversial Indian cricket chief Narayanaswami Srinivasan said his conscience was clear after being elected yesterday as the new ICC chairman at the world body's annual conference.

The powerful industrialist was appointed despite being suspended by India's Supreme Court as the country's top cricket official after being named in a damning report into corruption allegations in the Indian Premier League.

His ascension to the top job follows changes in February to the governance of the ICC, which handed the majority of power and revenue to the sport's "big three" nations - India, Australia and England.

Under the new structure, an ICC executive committee has been formed, chaired by Cricket Australia head Wally Edwards, with England's Giles Clarke heading the finance and commercial affairs committee.

Srinivasan, 69, denied he was not a fit and proper person to become the first chairman of the ICC, which was previously headed by a president.

He said that instead of being suspended he "voluntarily" stepped down while the corruption claims were being looked into by the Board of Control for Cricket in India.

"Now as far as I am concerned I have done nothing wrong," he said in Melbourne, where the annual meeting was held.

"There is no wrong-doing on my part and therefore my conscience is very clear that there is no taint on me and whatever investigations will take its course, reports will come out.

"I believe that some of the criticism is unfair to me and it's not well-founded. One must judge me by results. It's the first day. I have just been elected."

Srinivasan was among 13 people named in the IPL corruption allegations.

The IPL Twenty20 competition has been embroiled in allegations of illegal betting and spot-fixing, including against Srinivasan's son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan, who was the team boss of the Chennai Super Kings.