Published On: Mon, Mar 31st, 2014


Sunil Gavaskar will head the BCCI in respect of its IPL functions, and a vice-president of the board will carry out other duties, the Supreme Court has said. It also said, at the hearing of the IPL corruption case on Friday, that the IPL 2014 could continue with all teams participating. Three days after warning Srinivasan they would order him to stand down if he tried to cling to power, a panel of judges announced that 64-year-old Gavaskar would take the helm of the Board of Control for Cricket in India.

Gavaskar would be made “interim working president” of the BCCI, said the court, an appointment which places him in charge of the upcoming edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL).

There was no immediate reaction from Gavaskar to Friday’s announcement but he has already indicated that he is willing to take on the task of leading the most powerful body in world cricket.

A lawyer for the board meanwhile said that the BCCI “fully endorse(d) the order passed by the Supreme Court today”, saying it was in line with its own proposals to the judges.

The BCCI later said that Shivlal Yadav, the board’s senior-most vice-president, will carry out the non-IPL functions. The court’s interim order said employees of India Cements must have no role in the BCCI except as players or commentators.

It also said Gavaskar could appoint people of his confidence, and could decide on IPL COO Sundar Raman’s continuance in that role. It directed that Gavaskar should be released from his contractual obligations with the BCCI as a commentator but said he should be compensated for his new role.

“I am deeply humbled and honoured that the Honourable Supreme Court of India has entrusted me with the job of being the interim president of the BCCI till the end of IPL 7,” Gavaskar said. “Like with my cricket, I will give it my best shot.”

“Sunil Gavaskar has a great reputation and long experience in the field of cricket. We appoint him as interim working president of the BCCI,” the bench comprising justices AK Patnaik and FM Ibrahim Kalifulla said in its interim order. It added that he will only look after IPL functions. Restraining Gavaskar, 64, from doing commentary during the 45-day tournament, the bench said BCCI vice-president (South Zone) Shivlal Yadav will take over the reins after the completion of the league.

The BCCI was asked to file a detailed response by today. According to sources, it has offered that during Mr Srinivasan’s absence, the board’s secretary, Sanjay Patel, will run the organization.


Mr Meiyappan, the BCCI chief’s son-in-law was arrested in late May by Mumbai Police probing illegal betting on the lucrative Twenty20 IPL but was released on bail within two weeks. He is a member of the team management for the Chennai Super Kings, which is owned by India Cements. The BCCI president is the Managing Director of  this company.

The IPL scandal surfaced when former Test bowler Shanthakumaran Sreesanth and two other local cricketers were arrested on suspicion of taking money to concede a fixed number of runs.

Mr Sreesanth, who has denied any wrongdoing, has been  banned for life by the BCCI.

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