'I was disillusioned with the happenings in WC meeting'

Former BCCI chief Shashank Manohar is “disillusioned” with the proceedings of the Board’s Emergent Working Committee meeting which he had attended as a representative of the Vidarbha Cricket Association.

“I can’t disclose what happened at the meeting. All I can say is I was disillusioned with the happenings. I had gone there with the purpose of cleaning up the image of the Board in public domain, but I was disillusioned,” the 57-year-old Nagpur-based lawyer told PTI on Monday.

Manohar was outvoted 14-1 at the meeting when hand count was taken for the nomination of R G Raghavan, ex-CBI director, as one of the three members of the panel that was formed (former cricketer Ravi Shastri and former chief justice of Kolata High Court R N Patel being the others) by the Working Committee to probe into the spot-fixing and betting scandal in the Indian Premier League as per the Supreme Court’s directive

Manohar had kept himself out of the BCCI matters after his term ended in 2011 and was succeeded by Srinivasan before attending his first meeting of the Board on Sunday.

The former BCCI chief had also opposed the name of Shastri because of conflict of interest as he’s a Board-contracted TV commentator and IPL Governing Council member.

In fact, the difference between Manohar and BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel, a firm loyal in the Srinivasan camp, came to such a head that Patel walked out of the meeting before other members pacified him to return and attend the meeting.

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