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We will not work with vindictive attitude: Shashank Manohar on Srinivasan

PTI 04 Oct 2015, 18:45:01 IST

Mumbai: Newly-elected BCCI president Shashank Manohar today said that the new dispensation would not have a "vindictive attitude" towards anyone including former chief N Srinivasan, whom he termed as "one of the best secretaries" of the board.

"We are not working here with a vindictive attitude. The entire Board --- all 30 members including the Tamil Nadu CA (headed by Srinivasan) was united that all of us have to work together to build the image of this Board. For that, we can't fight amongst ourselves and have any vindictive attitude when we decide on matters," said Manohar, without elaborating anything about Srtinivasan's future as chairman of ICC.

"I can tell you Srinivasan was an excellent secretary, he was better than most of the secretaries I have come across in the Board. He was one of the best secretaries to have as I found out during my (2008-09 to 2010-11) tenure. I don't know what happened after I completed my term in 2011. I was not in touch. Srinivasan was by far the best secretary after Mr Dalmiya," Manohar said.

However, he left it to the general body of the Board to decide whether to continue to nominate Srinivasan's name as the chairman of the International Cricket Council.

"The General Body has to decide at the AGM," he answered.

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Asked about one office-bearer, treasurer Anirudh Chaudhary having filed an affidavit against secretary Anurag Thakur in the perjury case filed by Srivasan against the latter, Manohar - whtout elaborating - said that it had been sorted out between the concerned persons.

"The issue was discussed after the meeting (SGM) got over and the issue has been sorted out. It was informally discussed and sorted out. I never said it happened in the meeting."

He reiterated during the media interaction that followed his opening address at the media conference that his first priority was to clean up the image of the game.

"My first priorty is to clean the image of the sport. As far as young faces (in administration) it's always better as the new generation have new ideas while the older geneneration has fixed notions and they work accordingly. Development can take place only when new generation comes in. I would encourage good administrators irrespective of whether  whetehr he is a player or not."