Shirke tried to scuttle India's limited-overs series against England: Reports

NEW DELHI: It has emerged that after being sacked, former Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) secretary Ajay Shirke made several calls to England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) president Giles Clarke,trying to convince him to call off the upcoming limited-overs India tour.

According to a trail of emails accessed by ESPNcricinfo and DNA, Giles writes that Shirke told him the England team may face security issues in India because of funds crunch in state cricket associations.

In the email sent on January 6, Giles asks BCCI chief executive officer Rahul Johri to clarify the ground situation following SC orders.

"I have received calls from Mr Shirke who I understand is no longer the Honorary Secretary of BCCI. Can you please confirm to me that the England team will continue to be looked after by the BCCI in the usual fashion, with proper security, player daily allowance payments, hotel bills covered and the like, with transport organised at all times.

"Obviously, it is entirely a matter for BCCI where matches are played, but please advise soonest that the schedule will be adhered to, or any changes," Giles wrote to Johri.

ECB was concerned about the security of its team for the One-Day International and T20I series as the English team returned to India on the same day.

In his reply, Johri wrote, "The BCCI has announced the teams for the warm-up matches, the ODIs and the T20 matches, the ticket sales for which have kicked off with the first game sold out, as of last week." 

Giles wrote again the following day (January 7) first by thanking Johri for the assurance, but he once again confirmed that Shirke had discussed team's security and safety of English players apart from other issues, DNA reports.

"His (Shirke) concern was the BCCI and relevant association having funds and expertise to manage security and safety of our players, and transport, allowances, all usual issues for a tour," Giles sent a brief mail.

According to a source quoted by the newspaper, the Lodha panel is aware of entire conversation and will produce the email trail before the apex court on January 19, the day when set of administrators would take over BCCI functioning.

The first ODI of the three-match series will be played in Pune on January 15. 

Shirke was the president of the Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA) for more than nine years and apart from losing the BCCI secretary`s post, he is also ineligible to continue as MCA chief after the Supreme Court order of January 2 because his term had exceeded the Justice Lodha committee`s nine-year cap on tenure for BCCI and state office bearers

After the January 2 verdict, as many as 22 state associations adopted the Lodha panel recommendations.

Meanwhile, DNA further reports that that the Maharashtra Cricket Association's (MCA) managing committee last Friday appointed Shirke as its representative at the BCCI meetings.

This has been done despite knowing that Shirke has been sacked as board secretary by the SC and barred from holding any post in BCCI as well MCA after the January 2 order. Lodha panel, in all likelihood, is going to move the Court over his nomination as MCA representative for the BCCI meetings.