New Delhi/Nagpur: Cricket Association of Bihar secretary and the petitioner in the Indian Premier League spot-fixing case, Aditya Verma, has termed outgoing Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president Shashank Manohar as a “power-hungry backstabber”, who has failed to keep his promise of cleaning up the game.
Manohar on Tuesday resigned as the president of the BCCI and chairman of the International Cricket Council in an anticipatory move to being re-nominated as the ICC chief during the governing body’s annual board meeting scheduled for next month.
“Shashank Manohar’s latest move to go to ICC shows that he is a power-hungry official. When he was not in power, he spoke about cleansing the game and now he is leaving BCCI without completing his job. Also he is a man who believes in back-stabbing as he and his group used me in their battle against N Srinivasan and then back-stabbed without fulfilling promises,” Verma told media.
Verma went on to the extent of saying that atleast former BCCI and ICC president N Srinivasan was a man who would “fight manfully against his foes in an honest manner”. (Reforms will not pull you back: Supreme Court tells BCCI)
He said Srinivasan never broke the trust of his allies.
“Srinivasan dusmani bhi shaan se kartaa thaa aur apne doston ko kabhi dhokha naahin diya. (Srinivasan maintained his enemity with honesty and never ditched his friends). For Manohar, promises meant nothing. I understood that when with help of Ratnakar Shetty I was thrown out of the BCCI office, it was Manohar behind the move. I had made numerous complaints about Shetty and that fell on deaf ears,” Verma said.
‘Hopes on Supreme Court’
Verma said all his hopes now rest on the Supreme Court.
“My only hope now is SC verdict. I hope after that youngsters of Bihar will again get to play in BCCI tournaments and be considered for national team selections.”