Even as the voices for BCCI president N. Srinivasan to step aside till match-fixing probe is over keep growing, Board treasurer and also the president of the Maharashtra Cricket Association, Ajay Shirke, on Wednesday said not much should be made out of the Board's probe panel and the outcome of independent investigations (by the Police) should be awaited. (Read: Sports Ministry asks Srinivasan to step down)
Speaking to NDTV, Shirke said, "We shouldn't make much deal of the BCCI probe since they have limitations. The real outcome that everyone should wait for is the one being conducted by an independent body (Police)."
On a day when Indian Premier League chairman Rajeev Shukla told reporters in Delhi that during the period of the investigation, it has been suggested that Srinivasan stay away, Shirke brushed those aside as just "personal opinion". He also stressed on the fact that stepping down from the president's post is a decision that only Srinivasan can take.
"It is an entirely personal decision of Mr Srinivasan. He made it pretty clear last Friday that he is innocent and himself not concerned with the inpropriety that may have happened within the Chennai Super Kings team. Only he knows the truth as far as his team conduct is concerned." Shirke though, agreed that the image of the BCCI has taken a beating and added the responsibility to "correct" that are in Srinivasan's hands.
"We should not get ahead of time and let the issues take its own course. I cannot take a position on the issue." (Also read: BCCI to probe CSK, say sources)
On being asked whether there are cracks developing within the BCCI now with people like Shukla and Arun Jaitley publicly airing their views on the matter, Shirke was defiant and put that down to just a "difference of opinion".
"We generally are a very well-knit group of people. I do not see any cracks here. What Mr. Shukla has said is his personal decision. Even Mr. Scindia's statement was qualified as his 'personal opinion'. It is for each one to decide on personal matters. Our president is very firm that he is in no way guilty and will be holding office."
Shirke also took a dig at the prevalent system regarding crime in the country in general saying: "If there is crime in the country, it does not mean that all policemen should be prosecuted. The IPL is a different kind of cricket, attracting a lot of attention and glamour. We have to take a call to regulate betting."