Like a batsman facing the first over from an express quickie on a green-top, N. Srinivasan's first press conference in Melbourne on Thursday as ICC chairman was pretty hostile. Barred by the Supreme Court to function as BCCI president due to his alleged links with the 2013 Indian Premier League betting and spot-fixing scandal, Srinivasan told the media that he was "clean" and deserved to be on the ICC hotseat.
Srinivasan's son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan, who was a team official of Chennai Super Kings, has already been indicted by a court-appointed probe committee for betting and sharing team information. On ethical reasons, Srinivasan's appointment as ICC chairman had been questioned by various quarters. But Srinivasan has got full support from the Indian Board and all units of the ICC.
For the first time in the ICC's 105 year history in Melbourne on Thursday, the entire council of the ICC approved full changes to the ICC constitution. This allowed Srinivasan from becoming the first ICC chairman. Srinivasan was treasurer of the BCCI from 2005 to 2008 and its secretary from 2008 until 2011, upon which he became the president of the richest cricket Board in the world. Excerpts from Srinivasan's press conference: