Sunday's emergency meeting of the Indian cricket board, where N Srinivasan neatly avoided having to resign as BCCI chief, has been dismissed as a farce by many, but Mr Srinivasan and the man who steps in as interim president, Jagmohan Dalmiya, stoutly say this turn of events is good for Indian cricket.
Mr Srinivasan, who was under much pressure for days to resign, proved he is bullet-proof by emerging out of the three-hour meeting having "stepped aside" till an inquiry into spot-fixing allegations, including those against his son-in-law, Gurunath Meiyappan, in the recently-concluded edition of the Indian Premier League or IPL is completed.
He described his decision to take a month's break as BCCI head as an "extraordinarily fair step" and said, "What have I done wrong? Excuse me, there is no charge against me." Yesterday's decision means that in this period, Mr Srinivasan will not handle the day-to-day affairs of the board, Mr Dalmiya will.