A member of Indian Premier League Chairman Rajeev Shukla’s personal staff had to resign from his post after he was suspended by the Board of Control of Cricket in India due to a sting operation. The sting operation alleged that he took bribes for selection of players in the Uttar Pradesh side.
According to a report in the Indian Express, a Uttar Pradesh cricketer accused Mohammed Akram Saifi asked for prostitutes in exchange for a place in the state team.
A Hindi news channel telecasted an alleged phone conversation between Akram Saifi, who was an executive assistant of Rajeev Shukla, and cricketer Rahul Sharma in which the former is heard asking favours in “cash and kind” to ensure cricketer’s selection in the team.
“Saifi has tendered his resignation. When Mr Shukla’s view was sought on this, he said that it should be accepted with immediate effect,” a top BCCI official told PTI.
The development came after the BCCI decided to investigate the matter as per its established regulations.
“Pending the appointment of a Commissioner under Rule 32 of the rules and regulations of BCCI, we are seeking an explanation from Mr Akram Saifi regarding the allegations made against him,” an internal communication of the BCCI, which PTI is in possession of, stated.
“Mr Saifi’s reply shall be examined by the Commissioner once appointed,” it added.
“Regarding any issue pertaining to the UPCA, the UPCA would have to deal with the matter under their rules.”