GAVASKAR MAY REPLACE SRINIVASAN : SC ORDERS BCCI
The Supreme Court today handed over the reins of BCCI to former player
Sunil Gavaskar during IPL 7 and did not bar Srinivasan-promoted
Chennai Superkings (CSK) and Rajasthan Royals (RR) from participating
in the tournament. Taking the cricket board out of incumbent
Srinivasan’s hands, the Court directed that the senior most vice
president of the Board, Shivlal Yadav, will be looking after the
affairs of BCCI.
A bench of justices A K Patnaik and F M Ibrahim Kalifulla, which had
yesterday proposed barring CSK and RR in the tournament, however,
refused to pass order in this regard allowing them to play the matches
along with six other teams in the tournament beginning April 16 in
The order was given during hearing on the Mudgal Committee report that
went into betting and spot-fixing allegations against those involved
in CSK and RR during IPL 6. In a packed-courtroom, the bench made it
clear that no employee of India Cements, except players and
commentators, will be allowed to get involved in any duties or
activities of BCCI.
It also said that it is for Gavaskar to decide whether the present
Chief Executive Officer of IPL, Sundar Raman, to continue on his post
or to be replaced after allegations were levelled against him in the
court of protecting Srinivasan. In the meantime, BCCI pleaded with the
court to allow Srinivasan to hold the post of International Cricket
Council (ICC) Chairman from July. But the bench refused to pass any
order regarding this.
It had proposed to replace N Srinivasan with Gavaskar and to bar CSK
and RR from IPL 7 till it decides the case of betting and spot fixing
scandal. The bench had suggested the action as the players and
officials of these teams were suspected to be involved in the scandal
by the police and the three-member probe panel headed by former Punjab
and Haryana High Court Chief Justice Mukul Mudgal.