The cricket fraternity is divided over the selection of former Test all-rounder Ravi Shastri and ex-Chief Justice of the Calcutta High Court Jai Narain Patel in a three-man panel that the Board of Control for Cricket in India is set to propose to the Supreme Court on Tuesday. The court had last week directed the Board to recommend a committee that could independently investigate the 2013 Indian Premier League spot-fixing and betting scandal. Thirteen names, including that of suspended BCCI president N. Srinivasan, figure in an inquiry committee report submitted to the apex court.
Under pressure from a section of the Board, the BCCI held an emergency working committee meeting in Mumbai on Sunday afternoon. The fact that it took almost three hours to decide three names indicates that the proceedings were quite acrimonious. Apart from Shastri and Justice Patel, former Central Bureau of Investigation head RK Raghavan's name also figures on the list. Interestingly, the BCCI did not officially disclose the list, saying its lawyers will present it to the apex court on Tuesday.
BCCI's list has already run into heavy weather with two former BCCI presidents slamming the choice of the panelists. Former BCCI president Shashank Manohar opposed Shastri's inclusion, saying he was a paid employee of the Board and was on more than two important IPL committees. Shastri, who is commentating in the ongoing IPL in UAE, is known to be close to Srinivasan. Manohar, who represented Vidarbha Cricket Association, said the former Test all-rounder's choice was thus a clear case of conflict of interest.