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Supreme Court proposes big changes

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March 27, 2014

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Bal: It all boils down to conflict of interest

The Supreme Court has proposed sweeping changes to the BCCI, including replacing N Srinivasan as the board's chief with Sunil Gavaskar or a "seasoned or respected cricketer" and suspending Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals from the IPL. The suggestions were made to the BCCI counsel during hearing of the case on Thursday; the board has been asked to reply to the proposals on Friday, after which the court will issue an interim order.

The court also proposed that employees of India Cements, of which Srinivasan is managing director and which owns Super Kings, should be kept out of the BCCI set-up.

At its last hearing, on March 25, the court had effectively given Srinivasan an ultimatum to step down by today or risk being removed by it. At Thursday's hearing it did not pass any explicit order to this effect but came up with the sweeping set of proposals.

At the start of the hearing, which went on for more than two hours, BCCI counsel CA Sundaram said it would implement the recommendations of the Mudgal Committee and submitted a closed envelope containing the board's response to the Supreme Court's observations of Tuesday. The judges read the proposals, set them aside and asked for the arguments to be presented to them.

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Counsel for Cricket Association of Bihar - whose petition in 2013 had led to this hearing - Harish Salve's arguments took up most of the session, with him recommending termination of the Super Kings and Royals franchises. One line of Salve's argument dwelt on India captain MS Dhoni and his response to the Mudgal committee about the role of Gurunath Meiyappan, Srinivasan's son-in-law, in Super Kings. The Mudgal committee's report states: "Mr MS Dhoni, Mr N Srinivasan and officials of India Cements took the stand that Mr Meiyappan had nothing to do with the cricketing affairs of Chennai Super Kings and was a mere cricket enthusiast supporting Super Kings."

Salve said that in denying any knowledge of Gurunath's role in Super Kings, "the Indian cricket captain has been indulging in corrupt conduct". He also named the India Cements employees who held positions in the BCCI. The judges were surprised to learn that Dhoni also happened to be a vice-president of India Cements and were presented with documentary proof of Dhoni's appointment.

At one point during the argument, Justice Patnaik asked Salve - whose father NKP Salve was a BCCI president in the 1980s - for his opinion on whether the court had legal standing "restructuring" an autonomous body like the BCCI. It is believed that Salve said he would respond in writing.

According to a BCCI insider the BCCI's line, in its brief arguments today, was that Srinivasan would not "voluntarily step aside" but would relieve himself of duties as the board president. The BCCI counsel also told the court that they were open to an independent, time-bound investigation during which Srinivasan would not discharge functions as a president.

Reacting to the news of his name being mentioned as a replacement for Srinivasan, Gavaskar said: "When the highest court of the land tells you to do something, you have to do it."

Gavaskar pointed out that he was contracted to BCCI TV as a commentator but said that he would step in if the court, even after that, asked him to do so. "As an opening batsman you have to be mentally and physically ready for any challenge," he said.

The dramatic events of the past two days forced the BCCI to push back its IPL preparations. A media conference scheduled in Abu Dhabi on Thursday afternoon for the IPL launch was postponed as soon as the court proposals became public.

The case dates back to June 2013 when the Cricket Association of Bihar secretary Aditya Verma raised charges of conflict of interest in the formation of BCCI's two-member inquiry panel into the IPL corruption issue. A Bombay High Court ruling later termed the probe panel "illegal". The BCCI and the CAB filed petitions in the Supreme Court against this order, with the CAB contending that the Bombay High Court could have suggested a fresh mechanism to look into the corruption allegations.

The Supreme Court then appointed a three-member committee, headed by former High Court judge Mukul Mudgal and comprising additional solicitor general L Nageswara Rao and Assam Cricket Association member Nilay Dutta, in October 2013, to conduct an independent inquiry into the allegations of corruption against Srinivasan's son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan, India Cements, and Rajasthan Royals team owner Jaipur IPL Cricket Private Ltd, as well as with the larger mandate of allegations around betting and spot-fixing in IPL matches and the involvement of players. The committee had submitted its findings to the court on February 10.

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Posted by CricPuli on (March 30, 2014, 22:11 GMT)

Being in the USA for almost a quarter of a century, one thing that I have noticed so far on these issues; public as well as supreme court don't give preference to the individual's right and democratic process. Asking Srinivasan to step down who was duly elected and who was not the target of the investigation, and Gurumuthy not being an appointed official (assumed positions have been there at many businesses and families), I don't think that supreme court's handling this issue is of at highest caliber. I don't think that Gavaskar or Dada are qualified to run an organization of this size; hitting a ball or a leading a team does not qualify both of them to lead BCCI. One has to have business background. Can you imagine MBA in Sports Management is one of the most sought after here?

Posted by   on (March 28, 2014, 6:14 GMT)

i am happy to hear this judgement of supreme court.a fair game back in fair hands a loads of thanks and good luck to the people behind this. Good days are expected to walk in the coming days.i wish our little master will open the gate ways of fair cricket back in Indian cricket.Good luck to him and god bless him to make the possible of the impossible.

Posted by   on (March 28, 2014, 5:36 GMT)

Dada is the guy who brought fighting spirit and aggression in indian team and recent captain is getting benefit of it Dada is the right guy for bcci president

Posted by   on (March 28, 2014, 4:39 GMT)

with respect to SC i would like to say that franchise of csk should change. Players have nothing to do with it so csk should play because non of the player did spot fixing. Mistakes done by franchise should not affect players and IPL

Posted by VVSTRTHOTA on (March 28, 2014, 3:44 GMT)

This is the time to think and look basics.

Posted by Mr.CricketJKNotHussey on (March 28, 2014, 3:00 GMT)

The decision to change the president is good. The one to disband two teams however, is not. First of all the teams have already bought players and it would be extremely unfair on them to miss out on the IPL through no fault of their own. Secondly, the whole scandal was because of a select few individuals as far as we know, and since they are no longer a part of these teams, RR and CSK should get a clean slate. Lastly, this would result in heavy losses for the league and could end up being terminated. Two major teams out means lesser matches and disappointed fans, leading to a lesser viewership.

Posted by   on (March 28, 2014, 2:56 GMT)

Salute to Supreme Court. It's tragic and unfortunate state of India, where so called corruption critising politicians such as Mr. Arun Jaitely (Lieutenant of Mr. Narendra Modi. -B.J.P) and Mr. Rajeev Shukla of Congress did not utter a single word against Mr Shrininivas let alone opposing him due to undue benefit they are getting from BCCI.

Posted by   on (March 28, 2014, 2:28 GMT)

While dealing with conflict of interest, as per Mr.Gavaskar, he should be allowed to continue with his assignments as well as serve as chairman of BCCI. Would it not amount to conflict of interest in case he is involved in any manner in a match played Indian players.

Posted by RaghuProdhutoori on (March 28, 2014, 1:35 GMT)

DADA should be the next BCCI chief so that this kind of things won't repeat as he has shown when he was leading the Indian cricket team.... and it will be good for cricket too...

Posted by Accflow on (March 28, 2014, 1:34 GMT)

I am sure BCCI will defend CSK and RR,at end of day everything is Business. Pepsi is closely watching this issue,if supreme court ban CSK an RR,pepsi will withdraw the sponsorship.

Posted by   on (March 28, 2014, 1:01 GMT)

It is important to clean-up the cricket in India and this is an important step forward. Sunny you did a good job by offering yourself for the role. CSK and RR must be banned. Dhoni must be removed as captain. I think there should not be any debate on Srinivasan and Dhoni, when Deccan Chargers and Kochi team could get suspended then why not CSK and RR. None is bigger than law in this country.

Posted by DarthKetan on (March 28, 2014, 0:26 GMT)

O Captain, my Captain....time for a new innings Dada!!

Posted by cricketcraz on (March 27, 2014, 23:47 GMT)

Supreme Court (SC) has reacted at an wrong time where the auction has been finished, all teams are set and tournament beginning in an few weeks. But as they say, its better late than never, so at-least now solutions have been brought up. Preferred thing to do will to be accept the proposals set out by the SC and take new steps from here on in. SC must not let BCCI do so or this issue will just go around in circles and get no where. It would be recommended that CSK and RR players get put into the existing IPL teams either from an small auction sometime soon as an one-year contract, shifting IPL towards the end of year can be an option looked upon. Next year, BBCI should have an big auction again where all players from all teams get put into the auction and which includes two new IPL teams in place of RR and CSK with no retention policy for all teams. Pakistani players should also be included. This will allow an new brand-name for IPL were hopefully the old image of IPL will last no more

Posted by Mocherra on (March 27, 2014, 23:46 GMT)

SC will next pick the playing 11 in each IPL team!

The decision to ban CSK and RR is unfair to its fans, other players, support staff, daily wage workers at the stadium, etc.

The solutions should have been - SC Observers to oversee CSK & RR management with no one from the ownership being involved OR Suspend entire IPL, complete probe in 30 days and have a shortened version of the IPL from May 1st onwards.

Posted by svenkat02 on (March 27, 2014, 23:40 GMT)

Guys - take a chill pill... As much as we love CSK and RR, its the BCCI that put the rule that if the owners indulge in fixing and those type of malpractices, the respective team would be scrapped from the IPL. But they didnt implement it for CSK (and RR because since CSK didn't go, they had to save face and not scrap RR). Based on the rules that were drafted, CSK and RR should be suspended till the probe is fully over. The players might suffer, but the game should not suffer. I would go as far and say that they should suspend IPL this year and clean up everything and bring it back next year.

Posted by   on (March 27, 2014, 23:13 GMT)

This brings me back to following cricket, though for a non-cricketing reason. Well done SC.

Posted by regofpicton on (March 27, 2014, 22:14 GMT)

I think Cricinfo can take some of the credit for the proposed clean-up. While the Indian Supreme Court is safe from any retaliation, Cricinfo was making some very strong calls on these matters when it might have cost you all a great deal. I particularly remember some very straight talking from Sharda Ugra. Well done that woman.

Posted by wapuser on (March 27, 2014, 20:36 GMT)

CSK can't get out we fans will miss the best ipl team all over in every season

Posted by doubtingthomas on (March 27, 2014, 19:35 GMT)

Time for Dada to resume leadership role. Indian cricket needs him desperately, again.

Posted by frozeninusa on (March 27, 2014, 19:33 GMT)

Replace Srinivasan with someone like Ganguly or Ravi Shastri. Impose heavy fines on CSK and RR, set some conditions but let them play. Set some checkpoints and guidelines and strict rules of punishment going forward. Do not conclude the matter with the court yet. Set some specific reviews with the court over next few years not just for IPL but for the overall cricket operations in India.

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (March 27, 2014, 19:20 GMT)

Respect for Indian Supreme Court. Sajeel from Pakistan!

Posted by Saleem_Ahmed on (March 27, 2014, 19:14 GMT)

What's the harm in banning CSK & RR! Plus, if any players from these teams are involved in wrong doings. Why spare Dhoni?

Posted by   on (March 27, 2014, 19:11 GMT)

ipl should be suspended for a year or two

Posted by Cric2 on (March 27, 2014, 19:03 GMT)

The best person to lead is Kapil Dev. Without his league there would have been no IPL. It is because of his vision that we now have a bunch of talented players representing India.

Posted by I_Love_My_India on (March 27, 2014, 17:29 GMT)

This news made my day. Thank you Supreme Court...

Posted by android_user on (March 27, 2014, 16:21 GMT)

finally truth prevailed ..it's time to purify Cricket ..I hope supreme court takes all those steps..

Posted by   on (March 27, 2014, 16:14 GMT)

If No CSK and RR ..... There is no use of watching IPL CSK the team to beat... and RR the only team who dnt have haters....... well SC has jst suggested though... hope for the best...... if BCCI agrees i m quitting IPL

Posted by   on (March 27, 2014, 15:27 GMT)

Sunil Gavaskar would be the best and another thing the mistake is not on the players of CSK

Posted by anshu.s on (March 27, 2014, 15:26 GMT)

@Ajay Vijayan, you see most first class teams in cricket are treated as mere feeders to the national teams and don't have any individual entity of there own, most popular sports in the world football is club based and tournaments like WC,Euros only happen once in 4 years, imagine asking Madrid,Barcelona and other la liga teams to stop playing week in week out because only 20 odd players can represent Spanish national team, if our traditional domestic tournaments like Ranji was played to full houses, every match being shown live on TV with millions watching and all the players earning lacks then we would not need an IPL in first place.Please stop being obsessed with County cricket and outdated colonial concepts like gentleman's game,keeping businessman out you still seem to be stuck in Victorian age and funnily enough most of the ex Indian cricketers you named in your post are involved in running of some IPL franchise or others.

Posted by anshu.s on (March 27, 2014, 15:10 GMT)

@Ajay Vijayan, you ask how many cricketers IPL has given to Indian team ?? @Ruchir Joshi has responded to your query , and i ask you why Indian national team should be the be all and end all of Indian cricket ?? Indian cricket and Indian national team are two different things and former is much bigger and wider in it's meaning and scope, just like you i have been a die hard supporter of Indian national team for 30 years but i realized long back that a sport that claims to most popular in the nation cannot be only restricted to 15 or 16 players who get selected for Team India, what happens to the rest of domestic cricketers, they toil hard all season long playing in front of empty stands without any recognition and past 82 years of Indian cricket history will show that there were many deserving cricketers who for various reasons were never selected for Indian team...if a lucrative league like IPL existed then many would not have ended up living in poverty and anonymity .contd

Posted by Cricket_Only on (March 27, 2014, 14:57 GMT)

Let Sourav Ganguly be the next BCCI Chief. He is a man who is respected by everyone around the world. A man of dignity, courage, and respect. He will bring more respect to BCCI then anyone out there. Us Pakistanis love him more then some of our own.

Posted by android_user on (March 27, 2014, 14:51 GMT)

gavaskar should be the head with dravid or kumble and ganguly should be the 2 persons under him

Posted by android_user on (March 27, 2014, 14:45 GMT)

it's time to take necessary steps to remove suspected peoples from BCCI...but court and officials should ensure the future of CSK and RR...they can think about changing ownership or something...coz a lot of talented players need some consideration as they are not involved...nd we should consider dada, dravid & kumble along with gavasker in BCCI.

Posted by   on (March 27, 2014, 14:42 GMT)

It will be very unfair and unfortunate if the SC ban the two top teams of IPL. IPL without these two teams will be no fun and lack of competitive spirit. I appeal to SC not to be too harsh and jump to conclusion based on one side argument without ascertaining the truth from the other side. It will be disaster for the country and sport. Can the court do this with regard to politician. To drag Dhoni into this is unfortunate and it is going to impact Indian team performance in World Cup. Banning is pronouncing someone guilty without giving a chance to prove his innocence. Hope better sense will prevail tomorrow andillions of csk and rr fans will be happy.

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (March 27, 2014, 14:42 GMT)

All the Former Cricketing legends of india should run BCCI..get away with all these politicians..dada should be India's coach,rest others in bcci

Posted by AsherCA on (March 27, 2014, 14:41 GMT)

@thinkgood, Remember on thing - hindsight is alwayse 20/20, foresight is always based on info in hand. We & the media do not have access t a lot of in that the honorabe judges have got access to. With that, if they ar saying getrid of Srinivasan so justic can be done, that is what should be done.

Posted by bhushanB on (March 27, 2014, 14:33 GMT)

If IPL 2014 is to go per schedule.... CSK and RR need to be re-auctioned at the earliest and handed over to the new owners.....You cannot scap the players and hurt the fans.....

Posted by MohanBkumaran on (March 27, 2014, 14:31 GMT)

Wall of India - Rahul Dravid ... he shd be next BCCI President (no doubt)

Posted by wolf777 on (March 27, 2014, 14:25 GMT)

The best choice would be Ravi Shashtri.

Posted by   on (March 27, 2014, 14:19 GMT)

get dravid in the poll. If not im going with kumble or paaji. Ganguly is not the right person to deal with politics. Get him as the coach.

Posted by   on (March 27, 2014, 14:08 GMT)

I would like see Sourav Ganguly as next BCCI Chief,.. he succesfully led India when there was Matching fixing crisis i early 2000s.. I think Dada is better than anyone at this moment to lead the BCCI,.. he is good captain,.. good player and can become good administrator too

Posted by Presynaras on (March 27, 2014, 14:04 GMT)

Give the Chennai and Rajasthan franchises with team and support staff intact to new owners. Don't ban the entire team. This is the request of all fans of CSK. We CSKians are not fans of Mr.Srinivasan, we are fans of the team and the city of Chennai. Need support of the other ipl team fans as well.

Posted by bhushanB on (March 27, 2014, 13:47 GMT)

Cricinfo... add Rahul Dravid to the above poll... and re-do it please.... He is someone who values the process than just the outcome... values hardwork and the right path..even if it takes longer.... This is what is needed right now... not shortcuts or bandages... but a cleansing process..

Posted by bhushanB on (March 27, 2014, 13:40 GMT)

I would support Rahul Dravid for the post....We want people who cannot be tainted than people who are better managers and politicians... because we not trying to manage this mess... we want to clean it up... even though it looks ugly....

A few years ago, I would have gone with Kapil Dev (and still would support his candidature)... as he stood his ground with ICL against the autocarcy of BCCI....for a long time.. and I am sure even though he finally succumbed (may be not...) there must be a huge part of him that wants justice be rendered and wants to cleanup this mess...

For some reason.. Sunil Gavaskar has taken some decisions in the heat of the moment....during his playing days, captaining days and even as days as a commentator... and you would think he may be sway a bit this way or that way..... on a particular day.... but I know so little of the great man.. so I better keep my mouth shut on this...

Posted by   on (March 27, 2014, 13:35 GMT)

Its so much against CSK and RR !!! come on ppl you cannot punish the whole team and their fans for some individuals errors . There should be an other way to deal this. Can you banned a whole political party for few politician error and scams this is outrageous..

Posted by thinkgood on (March 27, 2014, 13:25 GMT)

Democracy is defined by three pillars - Judiciary, Legislature and Executive branches. if any one of these pillars think they run the government, then its disastrous sign for that country. This is what is happening here. Judicial over reach is undemocratic and what if the defendant at a later pint in time appeals as being denied justice? That's why judiciary must stop at recommendation and should not be swayed by media hype and frenzy. Looks like the SC is affected by the media glare on this issue and is skewed in its thinking. SC must reconsider its approach as a responsible judicial body and not an autocratic institution. One pillar alone does not support Indian democracy . I am disappointed as an Indian.

Posted by RuchirJoshi on (March 27, 2014, 13:14 GMT)

Comment - People are arguing IPL had given space for domestic cricketers, and may I ask you how many players had got selected in the national team based on IPL performance (1%?)

Keeping everything aside, let's count the names who were inducted in the national team, ODI or T20, once they gave eye catching performances in IPL - Dhawan, Rahane, Shami, Jadeja, Binny. That's 5 players out of a squad of 15. That's not 1% but 33%.

Now let's see those names whose initial selection in the squad of 15 can be attributed partly to their initial IPL performance - Kohli, Rohit, Amit Mishra, Mohit Sharma. That's 4 players out of 15. Let us say 23%.

Apart from these, there have been many who were selected based on their IPL performances (since 2008), could not sustain their performances and were later dropped.

I would say IPL has had a huge impact on national ODI and T20 team selection. Without it, many players would have just been overlooked and never got a chance to showcase themselves.

Posted by Nampally on (March 27, 2014, 13:11 GMT)

I would like to see a great Cricketer & a person for reforming Indian Cricket politics such as Gavaskar as the new president of the BCCI. Some fundamental rules have been violated or swept under the Carpet under Srinivasan's presidency. These are long overdue such as:(1) Coaching Camps for the Bowlers to bring them up to Test standard (2) Criterion for selection of XI in al 3 formats + 3 different captains for each format (3) Encouraging Indian team Women Cricketers by giving them annual Contracts like it is done for Men. Gavaskar has spoken frankly in the recent times on some of these matters which demand justice & fair play in selection process. His immense experience & image as a world class Cricketer will provide new respect for BCCI in all countries. The old autocratic ways & power craze will be replaced by integrity & sound reasoning. It is about time that Cricket is bereft of politics & the BCCI president truly works for Cricket in India - Natonally & internationally!

Posted by   on (March 27, 2014, 13:08 GMT)

I think Rahul Dravid is correct person for replacement of bcci president he always think about fair cricket.

Posted by   on (March 27, 2014, 13:08 GMT)

Great verdict!! Cricket Boards should be managed by cricketers only and not by politicians or Business men who knows nothing about cricket but business and politics.

Good days are ahead for Indian Cricket, the unofficial national game.

Posted by   on (March 27, 2014, 13:07 GMT)

With so much negativity and scandals surrounding Indian cricket these days, you hope something changes for the better. Indian cricket needs to regain lot of the credibility and respect they have lost. Good luck

Posted by sanju_sethi2004 on (March 27, 2014, 13:03 GMT)

it's a good decision...i just want BCCI head and administrative staff should be cricketer not from other back ground....@ajay vijayan no need to fetch county player in Indian domestics circuit...we have lot's of talent in our domestics just have to groom them our ocean is not dried and it will never.

Posted by android_user on (March 27, 2014, 12:58 GMT)

no...sunil gavaskar is not a best choice to be the presodent of BCCI. kapil dev is the best choice.

Posted by android_user on (March 27, 2014, 12:51 GMT)

Will the 7th edition of IPL be played with 6 teams? No. That's disastrous.

Posted by shishirgowda on (March 27, 2014, 12:29 GMT)

I think Rahul Dravid is correct person for replacement of bcci president he always think about fair cricket.

Posted by   on (March 27, 2014, 12:26 GMT)

Really a good suggestion by the SC to the BCCI. Love to see Sunil Gavaskar as the new president.

Posted by   on (March 27, 2014, 12:12 GMT)

Right decision take by SC .......... the indian future now looks bright..... if csk and rr would suspended......otherwise, IPL should not be banned...........

Posted by nareshgb1 on (March 27, 2014, 12:01 GMT)

Much as we love Sunny bhai the cricketer and "defender of India cricket in general" and admire his commitment to that cause - he is NOT BCCI chief material. Job needs "certain skills". Maybe just go back to Manohar (assuming he IS good guy).

But for sure Sunny, Shastri, Kumble, Dravid, Vengarkar, Srikkanth can contribute in their capacity. Mayb ethey already do but possibly not all their contributions come to proper conclusion (and tht cn be fixed (I realize I did not mention Sachin (the guy I loved the most) - just not sure whether his ideas would apply to lesser mortals.)

Posted by   on (March 27, 2014, 11:56 GMT)

I really don't comprehend why people are commenting like Judicial overreach, banning IPL or axing RR & CSK as nonsense. Why on earth can't your people understand, that ultimately, its the sport that has to survive not the business. How come you can compromise cricket, for business interests. People are arguing IPL had given space for domestic cricketers, and may I ask you how many players had got selected in the national team based on IPL performance (1%?) And i don't know how players and fans will get upset, by scrapping IPL or the 2 teams, cause ultimately the game is superior to individuals and fans. If cricket has to survive, it should be managed as sport only, and not as an alternative to Bollywood.

If we want to save cricket in india, please join hands and remove business people from the helm and handover them to people who knows what ultimately cricket is. We don't want politicians and business people to rule a game known as gentleman's game.

Posted by   on (March 27, 2014, 11:47 GMT)

ipl is for viewers from world wide.the bcci should be take steps to remove the franchise.why should the state govt itself takeover the ownership on behalf of their state cricketers..ipl make money for india or for individuals..i wonder to see this kind of attitude the way the game is going..every one as a human should be a part of country development ... why should this franchise be hold by few person..make it as public limited and give share to people in india...all sholud be the part of this cricket..those who really love cricket will make it possible..

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (March 27, 2014, 11:42 GMT)

excellent suggestion by supreme court. but I'll be happy only when this will be implemented, srini's involvement will be proved and he will be send to tihar with other involved. but cricket fans from joypur and chennai should not suffer, those teams should be auctioned to new franchise and uninvolved players should get chance

Posted by   on (March 27, 2014, 11:36 GMT)

Ban T20 for life. Priorities for Test Cricket & ODIS. It is time for Mr. Sirinvasan to step down & obey the Supreme Court Verdict. The Ulitmate one. has come & the orders has to be obeyed.

Posted by kingcobra85 on (March 27, 2014, 11:33 GMT)

Sun TV would ditch hyderabad and get chennai.

Posted by   on (March 27, 2014, 11:25 GMT)

I am overwhelmed or enthralled at SC's proposals. A complete revamp of Cricket in India is required at various levels and in various aspects as well. First and most importantly remove Sreenivasan and his Co, from BCCI, scrap IPL and strengthen domestic cricket on the lines of County cricket. Ex-cricketers like Gavaskar, Binny, Dravid, Kumble, Ganguly, Sachin, VVS etc should step in at administrative levels as well. Revamp the existing domestic structure, including pitch conditions, use of technologies and training facilities to be improved and conduct proper domestic match by including foreign players, like county cricket.

Posted by   on (March 27, 2014, 11:22 GMT)

supreme court you are rocking

Posted by android_user on (March 27, 2014, 11:22 GMT)

already two teams were ruled out...losing more two teams would make ipl less competitive... instead of terminating the teams they can ban players associated and owners associated

Posted by TheUltimateTruth on (March 27, 2014, 11:19 GMT)

What have the CSK and RR players and support staff done to deserve this proposal by the supreme court? Judicial over-reach at its worst. PWI and Kochi teams were disbanded because their owners didn't pay the franchise fee. That is justified. Plus, the players were not penalized there. Their residual contract payments were paid and some were chosen by other teams. This is unfair to the other teams too. You think Mallya would have paid $2.4 million or DD $2 million plus for Yuvraj and Karthik, respectively, had they known that Dhoni, Watson, and Raina would be available? This is not justice at all.

Posted by   on (March 27, 2014, 11:17 GMT)

Get Ravi Shastri in.

He is flamboyant and has firm views. I think he would not hesitate to bring in the changes required.

Posted by shivbalaji on (March 27, 2014, 11:07 GMT)

Am not sure how it would help that banning teams from participating match. Corruption/Scandal is done by individuals, they should be punished not the team.

Posted by android_user on (March 27, 2014, 11:07 GMT)

when the owners involve in betting suspension of the team is the right thing. the bcci themselves have made the rule. when a similar situation arose in serie a the italian clubs were demoted. of course the competition remained unaffected coz they cud promote other clubs. wonder how wud a 5 team ipl look like?

Posted by IndiaGoats on (March 27, 2014, 11:03 GMT)

Kumble is associated with Mumbai Indians. Further, a great cricketer cannot necessarily be a good administrator. Ex-cricketers can be used as advisers/consultants, but they should really hire a top notch administrator (maybe from NFL/NBA/EPL).

For folks insisting on CSK and RR to be left alone, if the main owners are kicked out, do you think the remaining owners will have enough money to continue?

Also, what if India Cements for example, holds the rights to the name CSK. Then team name has to be changed. I understand Chennai folks would want a team to support. Does the name have to be CSK itself?

If some key members of the team are also involved in the corruption, then does persisting with the same name really help? If I were a CSK fan, I would want to start over.

Also, the remaining owners may want changes in the team.

Posted by Rav3n on (March 27, 2014, 11:02 GMT)

@prasanna_79: Opposing doesn't make the right leader... and by the way changing dhoni's captaincy is stupidity.Dhoni had many records and i think many may agree Dhoni as one of the best Captain till now.. Ur argument about opposing is not apt here.Let's give it a try for Gavaskar.

Posted by Rav3n on (March 27, 2014, 10:50 GMT)

Suspending the team is bad decision from my point of view... What will happen to the fans of both the teams.The one who made the wrong only should be punished not the whole team.Lets see wat BCCI is goin to do right decisions should be made.

Posted by   on (March 27, 2014, 10:49 GMT)

Decision is way too late. IPL is great for cricket. Can't just lose two teams. What about the players who were purchased for this season? This is how they make a living, they could have been bought by another club, if the suspension was passed earlier.

Posted by surgeon101 on (March 27, 2014, 10:46 GMT)

mmm....not sure about Gavaskar's administrating credentials but then again he is a clean man with respect....he will need a good team along side him....may the likes of anil kumble, kapil dev and rahul dravid

Posted by PiyushD on (March 27, 2014, 10:43 GMT)

I must say Supreme Court of India is doing better job than Govt of India for cleaning the system.

Posted by android_user on (March 27, 2014, 10:42 GMT)

is this real life. great decisions being made in India. never thought id say that but the future looks bright for India.

Posted by prasanna_79 on (March 27, 2014, 10:40 GMT)

@ForTeamIndia.., well said sir.., can't agree more with you..!! JAI HINDH..!!!

Posted by   on (March 27, 2014, 10:39 GMT)

and that's a toe crushing Yorker to BCCI.

Posted by prasanna_79 on (March 27, 2014, 10:36 GMT)

The best man for the job would be Mohinder Amarnath who has seen several ups & downs in his career & also he was the only person who dared to take on Srinivasan by opposing to dhoni's captaincy & wanted to change him.., thereby putting national interest over self & ultimately lost his job because of it.. .. I would always hold him in high regards.. MOHINDER AMARNATH WOULD BE THE IDEAL MAN & NOT SUNIL GAVASKAR AS HE TOO WAS AN INTEGRAL PART OF THE BCCI FOR SO LONG & HAD DONE NOTHING WORTHWILE SO FAR AS AN ADMINISRRATOR/ COMMENTATOR EXCEPT HITTING SOFT TARGETS LIKE DUNCAN FLETCHER..!!!

Posted by android_user on (March 27, 2014, 10:32 GMT)

so now where will the players go? dhoni raina Jadeja Ashwin rahane?

Posted by android_user on (March 27, 2014, 10:31 GMT)

Its really a fantastic decision taken by Supreme court to clean up the Indian cricket. Sasank Manohar, Kapil Dev, Mohinder Amarmath or Bisan Singh Bedi can take over as BCCI head and Restore the credibility of Indian cricket....Plzzzzz go ahead and take this opportunity.

Posted by   on (March 27, 2014, 10:29 GMT)

Well done SC - Kudos for the bold decision - whoever it may be whether the organiser or players, should be suspended and for the sake of maintaining the high standard of the game and it's true spirit, IPL or any such body which buys players for money, should be banned once for all.

Posted by   on (March 27, 2014, 10:27 GMT)

If no Dhoni and CSK this IPL.. I will not watch IPL...

Posted by   on (March 27, 2014, 10:26 GMT)

What BCCI can do is they can file the plea in the Supreme court for not suspending the team instead they must suspend the management and owners of both the teams, and BCCI must act as guardian for both the teams, they can appoint people on contract basis to handle both the teams, as the owners of the franchise will not be allowed to be with the teams.

Posted by 504429641 on (March 27, 2014, 10:25 GMT)

While the decision to terminate CSK and RR is good, it is too late to do it right now with the IPL to start within 3 weeks. Even the UAE leg schedule was released. It is difficult to come up with alternate schedule within this short time. Terminate them after this IPL-7.

Posted by   on (March 27, 2014, 10:24 GMT)

@ rahulStillHeaded - agreed nothing has been proven but when your son in law is accused you are MD of BCCI, you need to leave as even a blind man can see the conflict of interest. As regards dissolving RR and CSK, that is as per the IPL governing rules if i remember correctly and on the basis of the same rules, two other franchises were also scrapped previously.

Posted by   on (March 27, 2014, 10:22 GMT)

I dont understand why there is a single objection to remove CSK and RR from IPL? The same things happened with Deccan Chargers, Pune Warriors, and Kochi Tuskers. Some of them will come back in different forms, some of them wont. It's business. What's the fuss. You borke the rule, you are out.

Posted by   on (March 27, 2014, 10:20 GMT)

1st Lalit Modi and now Srinivasan....what's going on in india/BCCI...big league, big problems.

Posted by UPATEL123 on (March 27, 2014, 10:19 GMT)

Good move by Supreme Court. SC should have ordered to cancel IPL7 until the inquiry is complete and verdict is announced. That is the only way to clean up cricket and bring back focus on Test and One day cricket for the country. IPL is not bigger than the country and India Cricket team.

Posted by Smiling on (March 27, 2014, 10:18 GMT)

I agree @anshu.s, suspending CSK and RR is punishing the wrong people. Anul Kumble would be my definite #1 choice for BCCI Chief. A gentleman, great heart, courage, great cricketing mind and a person to be respected. Not many like him unfortunately as too many others only look out for themselves and are as political and ego driven as you can get.

Posted by ForTeamIndia on (March 27, 2014, 10:14 GMT)

Not Mr. Gavaskar and Mr. Shastri please! They were/are already part of IPL governing council and from the last 6 editions they have done nothing to solve the mess. We should find someone like M. Amarnath to handle this mess.

Posted by   on (March 27, 2014, 10:12 GMT)

super fast bowling by supreme court, very good, chance for cleaning BCCI, must allowing some gentleman to handle BCCI like dravid, ganguly, laxman etc, if this is work i hope that indian cricket is in very safe hand

Posted by   on (March 27, 2014, 10:07 GMT)

people now want to change rules in IPL to make CSK and RR to take part in IPL...why they didn't raise any objection when PWI and KTK were terminated????

Posted by   on (March 27, 2014, 10:05 GMT)

according to rules CSK must be banned...dont know why u people started supporting CSK when u didn't raise any objection on PWI and KTK ban.... Gurunath is the team principal/owner of CSK and by the rules the franchise must be banned..as a team official he must not indulge in any sort of betting related issues..

Posted by   on (March 27, 2014, 10:01 GMT)

SC decision will make IPL more interesting and clean. replace these 2 teams with new like DC replaced with SRH.

Posted by Arvind17 on (March 27, 2014, 9:59 GMT)

I feel Kumble, Dravid, Laxman, Ganguly are ideal men to lead Indian cricket. Sachin tends to be too politically right always so am not sure he can take any lead role. Whatever, we cannot allow Srini and his gang near cricket (or any other sport) ever again. The damage done so far has been massive. Just undoing it will take some!

And for all those feeling that the SC was illogical in recommending termination of CSK and RR, please remember that the team owners/officials were involved in betting. As per the rules, the teams can not continue.

Posted by   on (March 27, 2014, 9:59 GMT)

Samuel Chris: Who cares if you watch or do not watch IPL? Indian Cricket is at stake here!

Posted by   on (March 27, 2014, 9:53 GMT)

Finally the IPL has got another reason to lose it's charm after not allowing the World Class Pakistani Players to participate the league......

Posted by anshu.s on (March 27, 2014, 9:51 GMT)

I feel decision to suspend RR or CSK is not correct, why punish the players or there fans for the wrong doing of one or two of the owners unscrulpous behaviour, in case of RR it is not even established that betting by one of owners resulted in RR gaining any unfair advantage in IPL6 , is it possible that both CSK and RR ownership is transferred to somebody else,how will BCCI respond to this will be very interesting, weather they go for a pacifist or confrontational attitude.My only contention being that players and fans should not suffer, we should not forget that IPL apart from all the glamour and star players is also about domestic cricketers who toil all season long unnoticed and unappreciated and for some reasons are never selected for Indian team, for cricketers like Rajat Bhatia and there ilk IPL provides them with a platform to get noticed and earn some appreciation,we shoudn't begrudge them that.

Posted by   on (March 27, 2014, 9:48 GMT)

in my opinion Gavaskar,Mohinder Amarnath, Sourav Ganguli,Rahul Dravid & Kumble should take charge of BCCI

Posted by drnaveed on (March 27, 2014, 9:41 GMT)

what will now happen to the big 3 idea ??? . will it go along with mr . srini ???.

Posted by   on (March 27, 2014, 9:38 GMT)

Anil Kumble is the right person. Sunny is a political person.. better to suspend IPL for a year..

Posted by hasan666 on (March 27, 2014, 9:35 GMT)

Great Day for indain friends, shows the true power of their institutes. Kudos to supreme court. Hope Ganguly, Dravid, Kumble and others come on board and hold indian cricket tradaitions up. Well Done

Posted by   on (March 27, 2014, 9:34 GMT)

If Dhoni is not playin IPL. I aint watching IPL.

Posted by   on (March 27, 2014, 9:33 GMT)

I like this....Now our Supreme Court made a golden sentence

Posted by   on (March 27, 2014, 9:32 GMT)

Kapil Dev, Sourav and Anil Kumble these should be the core team - they seem the only ones above any suspicion.

Posted by   on (March 27, 2014, 9:29 GMT)

Is the whole CSK and RR team involved in illegal activity. & with changing owners will it justify the players who were involved to be still playing. Why not only show the guilty ones and take action against those players. Why whole team and all players have to suffer. Guilty players should be named and necessary actions should be taken as it has been done to so many players, they wont be the first ones.

Posted by YsaKaru on (March 27, 2014, 9:26 GMT)

really good news.hopefully continue it........

Posted by rahulStillHeaded on (March 27, 2014, 9:25 GMT)

Goodness Gracious !! Guys, nothing has been proved. Please relax. It is easy to hate but please resist. If an employee of the company does something wrong, are you going to dissolve the entire company ??? I understand that Mr. Srini needs to be dropped for a fair investigation. And for Christ sake, nothing has been proved against him. He and his son-in-law are 2 different persons. If your brother is a criminal, should I also assume the same about you.

Please stop this blind hatred and try to stick to facts.

Posted by balaji28 on (March 27, 2014, 9:25 GMT)

I feel bad for ashwin,raina,jaddu,dhoni,ishwar pandey,mohit sharma,baba aparajith,stuart binny,samson who were in radar of indian team selection and why these players need to suffer for an individuals' mistake.I think supreme court should find a solution to all the players of csk and rr. Like interim chief for bcci why not an interim team, management for both these teams.If supreme court doesn't take proper steps on players perspective then it will be an hindrance in their career graph and even may lead to some of the players not getting selected in the indian squad for the upcoming tour.

Posted by blthndr on (March 27, 2014, 9:23 GMT)

gavaskaer doesnt has the credential he is a talker not a doer.....if one has then its KUMBLE who was the former president of KSCA and did remarkable job.....

Posted by sgsekaran on (March 27, 2014, 9:22 GMT)

It is a good call by Supreme Court, asking Mr. N. Srinivasan to step down and to make an experienced cricketer as interim president. But, suspending Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals are worst recommendations to BCCI. Is there anything wrong with the teams?

Posted by   on (March 27, 2014, 9:21 GMT)

Well Done MR SC, good decision i think CSK and RR should be there in IPL only ownership must and should change. Srinivasan termination decision also good one. I think Rahul Dravid will be the right person to become BCCI Chief.

Posted by snbirdi on (March 27, 2014, 9:21 GMT)

This is a proud day for Indian cricket and Indian Law my friends. Knowing nothing is above the game or the law is indeed great news. Love it. Good riddance Srini. The whole idea behind being the board's president AND owning an IPL team was flawed from the start. Awesome move this!

Posted by siddhartha87 on (March 27, 2014, 9:18 GMT)

good decision. The banning of RR and CSK will hurt IPL 2014 but will be very beneficial in long run.

Posted by Presynaras on (March 27, 2014, 9:16 GMT)

Change owners of CSK and RR. Don't completely ban them. That is a much wiser decision. Terrific set of players and support stuff and its not fair to punish the fans of the teams.

Posted by   on (March 27, 2014, 9:16 GMT)

Kapil Dev / Sunil Gavaskar / Sourav gangully should be best for that position

Posted by   on (March 27, 2014, 9:14 GMT)

Yes, agree, Anil Kumble is the man. Sunil Gavaskar tend to be haughty at times.

Posted by android_user on (March 27, 2014, 9:13 GMT)

supreme court has taken wonderful decision to ban both team and replace N shivasan

Posted by Deena-India on (March 27, 2014, 9:13 GMT)

Im a CSK fan and it will be a terrible upset for so many fans like me if CSK is axed completely. It would be great if any other good owner buys the team and take it forward. It is also understood that Dhoni,Raina,Fleming and co have a deep and emotional connect with CSK fans. Axe the culprits but not the team.

Posted by   on (March 27, 2014, 9:11 GMT)

great disappointment to CSK fans. However, right move taken by Supreme Court of India.

Posted by   on (March 27, 2014, 9:08 GMT)

I welcome this move. Srini should be dumped. CSK and RR should continute under some other owners atleast for one year. Already schedule for IPL is finalised. Sunny Gavaskar should be at the helm of BCCI with support from Ravi Shastri and Anil Kumble

Posted by   on (March 27, 2014, 9:08 GMT)

I hope this gets implemented

Posted by Chn2 on (March 27, 2014, 9:06 GMT)

RR & CSK must be banned. It will be a lesson for every one. Anybody looking for quick money through wrong doing has to be punished. Termination of Srinivasan is also essential for a fair trail and cleaning of cricket.

Posted by realfan on (March 27, 2014, 9:05 GMT)

will be interesting to see how dhoni will be feeling now.... will be interesting to see how he leads his team in T20 WC... i am with dhoni though....

Posted by   on (March 27, 2014, 9:05 GMT)

My suggestion is Mohinder Amarnath should be made the president.

Posted by   on (March 27, 2014, 9:03 GMT)

Well Done Supreme Court, Game over for N.Srinivasan hopefully the bcci will learn from this and appoint a former circketer at the helm of the world's richest cricket board.Suspending CSK and RR Decision is also right .Having being proved that owners of both the respective teams were involved in the betting scandal ..

Posted by   on (March 27, 2014, 9:02 GMT)

Really nice to see people proposing Kumble's name for the post. He deserves this respect and accolades for the work he has been doing.

Posted by   on (March 27, 2014, 9:00 GMT)

Finally someone is doing something about going to the root of the problem.

Posted by   on (March 27, 2014, 9:00 GMT)

On Gavaskar's question - I will prefer Kumble. Purely because BCCI needs a cricketer who has administrative experience and Kumble has done a decent job with KSCA. + he has great integrity as well as proven leadership,

Posted by   on (March 27, 2014, 8:59 GMT)

kapil dave is best choice

Posted by havar on (March 27, 2014, 8:58 GMT)

To all those who are asking why Supreme Court is propsoing to suspend RR and CSK- SC is not saying anything new, they are simply propsoing to follow IPL rules, agreed by the BCCI!

Both CSK and RR Management broke the IPL rules and according to regulations they should be suspended. SC is asking: why can't you follow your own rules?

Too much to ask for? Not in the civilized world.

And as for as the fans are concerned, they might get upset this year. But they will surely appreciate the clean and strong teams from their cities in the future.

Posted by rajatmehra on (March 27, 2014, 8:57 GMT)

Good job SC.... I just hope that the proposals are not thrown out of the window through some legal wrangle.....these need to be pushed through. It would have been better if an order would have been passed instead of these being simply recommendations.

Posted by Haleos on (March 27, 2014, 8:57 GMT)

@venkatesh018 - spoken like a true cricket fan. When kochi was suspended everyone praised the decision not why so much opposition? Just because they are top teams? Are we sure they reached the top cleanly?

Posted by   on (March 27, 2014, 8:56 GMT)

@ananth83 hey how do you know only few people indulge in shady activities?there might be. Many more.if you ask me ban Ipl it's just nonsense and waste of time And money. Rather I would like to have some India south Africa or something. It's good they banned. No one is innocent by the way.

Posted by Haleos on (March 27, 2014, 8:54 GMT)

@poorpatriot - You gave the answer urself. Sports should not suffer hence we need those to go. IPL has only helped overseas players get more acquainted with Indian conditions and to rub salt over the wounds, they get paid for that.

Posted by AjitDJ on (March 27, 2014, 8:54 GMT)

Kumble will be a better choice for interim president. He is impartial and well-educated too.

Posted by   on (March 27, 2014, 8:54 GMT)

This is great move by Indian Judicial System - someone is showing some courage finally! Bravo!!!

Posted by Haleos on (March 27, 2014, 8:52 GMT)

It will hurt CSK and RR fans but it is the right thing to do for cricket. Dont counter argue and say the best team and all that as we are not sure the wins were honest. If they are clean they will come out of this stronger.

Posted by Nutcutlet on (March 27, 2014, 8:51 GMT)

It seems that the can lid has been lifted and the worms are beginning to emerge. The IPL looks to be be in a lot of trouble and, whilst not being a flag-waving supporter of the t20 format (wherever it is played), I am sorry that many millions of fans in India - themselves blameless - have to witness the unedifying fall-out of IPL corruption. Ultimately, the courts in a democracy have a duty to maintain that individuals and organizations, no matter how rich and powerful, stay within the law. Wealth and power is a toxic mixture; it often leads individuals to believe that they are above it. This looks to be a painful & necessary reality check. BTW, I wonder how the ECB & CA view the proceedings. Their set-up now looks as stable as a two-legged stool.

Posted by rashivkd on (March 27, 2014, 8:50 GMT)

As a long term Indian cricket fan, I am really happy to hear such strong words from SC. For a while now, Indian Cricket is administrated by Politicians and Corporate, but that is never affected badly these far before. Even though, Powar and Dalmiya try to hold control on their hand, they were never try to affect the innocents of cricket.

I don't think Sunil Gavaskar is the apt person to take control though, Anil Kumble or Rahul Dravid or even Sourav Ganguly would have been a much better option.

Posted by ashishtelang on (March 27, 2014, 8:50 GMT)

Thank God Supreme Court is still there.

Posted by   on (March 27, 2014, 8:50 GMT)

Brave decision by SC.Will be really happy if Srini and all his associates are out of BCCI. Also, hope that ICC learns a lesson from this and other ICC members also oppose Srini.

Posted by   on (March 27, 2014, 8:49 GMT)

This is ridiculous; U can't drop the entire team.. Until to prove the crime against the players both in CSK & RR. No one going to enjoy not even watch the IPL

Posted by RAJESH_RANWA on (March 27, 2014, 8:49 GMT)

SC cleaning the image of indian cricket. Great Work!!!

Posted by Shahed.Akhtar on (March 27, 2014, 8:49 GMT)

Finally!! The SC has acted in the interest of Cricket and cricket lovers in India. The gentleman's game! A thought for the untainted cricketers on the rolls of the teams that the SC asked to be suspended - they should now be made free to join any of the other franchisees. If need be a mini, semi-closed auction be conducted for these players. A shorter IPL season, and they may not have to travel outside India - thus making it easier for SC directed sleuths and investigating bodies to keep an eye. What we want is cricket - just clean cricket.

Posted by   on (March 27, 2014, 8:45 GMT)

Ravi Shastri or Anil kumblay will be best option , and result be will great

Posted by saithesailor on (March 27, 2014, 8:42 GMT)

Right Move by SC....Srini and gang needs to be kicked out....CSK needs to be dissolved as a team....

Posted by Anup_alex on (March 27, 2014, 8:41 GMT)

IPL without 2 top teams...that means there is some chance to introduce new teams with same players....

Posted by venkatesh018 on (March 27, 2014, 8:40 GMT)

Banning CSK and RR for at least IPL 2014 is the basic minimum that should be done in any clean up of the IPL. When probe is fully done and if both these franchisees are proven guilty, then the ban should be extended for at least 5 years. NO ONE IS BIGGER THAN THE GAME.

Posted by satan99 on (March 27, 2014, 8:40 GMT)

Bring in a good administrator,not just an experienced cricketer.One who has previous experience of being at such a position.Get rid of any political interventions in sports bodies.don't suspend a team completely,rather investigate involvement of players in such illegal activities who deteriorate the quality of the game. revamp BCCI on a whole...

Posted by pinhead9810 on (March 27, 2014, 8:40 GMT)

Very good news for all cricket fans. Lets hope this follows through and sends a message across the cricketing nations and ICC.

Posted by Rambo_MW3 on (March 27, 2014, 8:39 GMT)

The decision to remove BCCI president and replacing him by Sunil Gavaskar is a great move but removing teams Like CSK and RR is just not right. These two teams are real entertainers and IPL cant afford to lose them. It would be a great set back for IPL if these teams are sacked.

Posted by   on (March 27, 2014, 8:39 GMT)

@Baji003 Seems you are only interested in entertainment and not the sanctity of the game. The true lovers of sports/ cricket can sacrifice short term entertainment over long-term correction. I hope most of these recommendations are accepted or enforced. And for critics of systems in India - our judicial system still has strong voice. You can question the delays but not the intent!

Posted by asifvora on (March 27, 2014, 8:39 GMT)

Bravo

Its Clean up time!!!

Posted by   on (March 27, 2014, 8:38 GMT)

Can someone please explain me what in the hell is "proposed order"? Though personally i am a big fan of N.Srinivasan but quite frankly he has done great deal of harm to cricket in general. I think he should be removed immediately and have zero footprint or influence in the board what so ever. In my personal opinion cricket boards around the world should be headed by individuals who have at least played the game long enough to understand the goods and bads of it and not just commercial aspect. I understand commercial world is important for sports but we need to balance the both else we will have individuals trying to sell the game and try to earn their penny out of it.

Posted by   on (March 27, 2014, 8:36 GMT)

It was coming... When money becomes god then it always ends up in bad way... BCCI has two options either to kick Srinivasan and all his associates out along with CSK and Royals as per Supreme Court or just play small games and keep dragging the issue by making Srinivasan a scapegoat and let this dirty game continue.

If BCCI goes for the second option then it will end up even in a bigger disaster... RIP CRICKET.

Posted by venkatesh018 on (March 27, 2014, 8:36 GMT)

Agree with vipulsmistry. Anil Kumble will be a much better choice because in Integrity and honesty, he scores much better. Nothing personal, Sunny sir.

Posted by   on (March 27, 2014, 8:36 GMT)

nice decision by sc ganguly,kumble,gavaskar was the best option to become bcci cheif,my opinion was bcci cheif should be a cricketer not a politician or businessman keep cricket clean clean clean clean

Posted by j_singhkhanna on (March 27, 2014, 8:35 GMT)

Remove Srinivasan, and get Kumble/Dravid to be interim president to clean up the mess and bring cricket back its glory.

Posted by SayakBhattacharyya on (March 27, 2014, 8:34 GMT)

I also want to see Arun Jetly and Rajiv Shukla replaced by Rahul Dravid and Saurav Ganguly immediately.

Posted by Haleos on (March 27, 2014, 8:32 GMT)

Great great news.....Very proud of the hon. Supreme court for having the will to do what it has done. Justice prevails.

Posted by AsifAbbasi on (March 27, 2014, 8:32 GMT)

Happy independence day Indian cricket and IPL. Finally relief for Indian cricket loving community.

Posted by NP_NY on (March 27, 2014, 8:30 GMT)

Great idea for a reputed ex-cricketer to lead the BCCI. Politicians and businessmen should not be allowed to head BCCI. Suspending just the two teams doesn't make sense though. CSK and RR's ownership should be forced to change and IPL should go on.

Posted by   on (March 27, 2014, 8:29 GMT)

@poorpatriot and @baji003: this is not just a sport, but also an entertainment business and if there is a discrepancy or lack of integrity in the functioning of the afore-mentioned business, it SHOULD be penalized.

If people care for the sport so much, how come they call TEST CRICKET boring and are fans of only T20?? Hypocritical much !!

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (March 27, 2014, 8:29 GMT)

India should consider Kumble as BCCI chief, Ganguly as chief selector, Dravid as coach, Sachin and Laxman as batting consultant, Washim Akram as fast consultant, Prasanna as spin consultant. Most importantly adopt best possible options to keep cricket fixing free. I love cricket, I loved IPL too but in recent days I doubt every player, every match. Cricket need to gain it's respect back. Let no body be greater than game. Dr. Santosh Jaiswal A Cricket fan from Nepal.

Posted by Saumen on (March 27, 2014, 8:29 GMT)

I can feel the vibration of changes. Very good decision by hon SC. Why not these judges come forward to run the country itself by joining a political party so that we have a 100% clean India ?

Posted by AuntyChrist on (March 27, 2014, 8:26 GMT)

That the supreme court had to intervene in such matters as choice of the president is pointer to the present state of things. Stepping 'aside' is just plain hogwash and it is not going to impress the SC too much especially now when the court is on fire, to quote a sport cliche.

Posted by   on (March 27, 2014, 8:25 GMT)

Fantastic for cricket in India... Scrap IPL this year... personally would have preferred Dravid to Gavaskar. Personally I find Dravid to be most honourable and intelligent cricketer around.

Posted by SarangP87 on (March 27, 2014, 8:25 GMT)

Gavaskar??????...come on.....do Indian Cricket doesn't have any other personals...Dravid, Ganguly, Kumble should be the right choice....

Posted by   on (March 27, 2014, 8:20 GMT)

Sunil Gavaskar? Why a cricketer?! And that too from nowhere Gavaskar, no personal hatred though... It's better SC appoints one good administrator than a good cricketer! What we need is a clean good administration... BCCI must function with transparency and vision, not by opportunitism and corruption!

Posted by SayakBhattacharyya on (March 27, 2014, 8:20 GMT)

I guess the pressure that has been mounted on BCCI after these suggestions is crippling. Supreme court's suggestions regarding Srini's removal and his replacement at the top of BCCI reflects the opinion of many cricket lovers in this country. I dare to say that BCCI now would not have the guts to confront these suggestions any more. Especially after Mr. Srini himself throwing the towel.

Posted by   on (March 27, 2014, 8:19 GMT)

Kudos to Supreme Court!!!!!

Posted by globalcricketfan on (March 27, 2014, 8:19 GMT)

Very interesting to hear from ECB & CA about this?

Posted by Ananth83 on (March 27, 2014, 8:18 GMT)

It is a great decision to remove N Srinivasan but banning the entire team due to a few people getting involved in shady activities is unfair to other innocent players. It would be best to suspend only those who have a part in the illicit activities and allow the team to play. For some players, IPL is very important as it brings them a lot of money. Any player who is alleged to have been part of this betting / fixing saga should be banned until proven innocent. I re-iterate again that banning entire team is very unfair to other innocent parties.

Posted by android_user on (March 27, 2014, 8:14 GMT)

y there is no big step taken by sc for RCB??? RIP IPL

Posted by   on (March 27, 2014, 8:14 GMT)

After all these allegations against the BCCI President Mr. Srinivasan and CSK, let them prove themselves that they are clean, further there are lot of stake holders for CSK not just india cements, suspending CSK will the most foolish thing to happen in IPL History because they are the most valuable franchise in IPL, so what my sugesstion will remove the persons who are all involved in the corruption let the team be prevailed until we know exact truth, from a beloved CSK fan.

Posted by vipulsmistry on (March 27, 2014, 8:14 GMT)

Anil Kumble would have been a better choice as BCCI President. Will be really happy if Srini and all his associates are out of BCCI. Also, hope that ICC learns a lesson from this and other ICC members also oppose Srini. Your time is up Srini, bye bye.

Posted by bighit14 on (March 27, 2014, 8:14 GMT)

Truly Awesome verdict if this will be followed (from a diehard Indian Cricket Fan)

Posted by android_user on (March 27, 2014, 8:14 GMT)

Y there are acting so fast.

Posted by   on (March 27, 2014, 8:12 GMT)

Kudos to Aditya Verma for taking on the dictatorial regime of srinivasan. Bihar has done the best possible service for cricket in india. The conflict of interests were just diabolical. The supreme court has done just service to improve the image of indian cricket which has taken a severe beating. More former cricketers need to head indian cricket and not businessmen like srinivasan. Cricinfo please post my first comment

Posted by baji003 on (March 27, 2014, 8:12 GMT)

This is joke right !!,. If CSK & RR suspended, there should not be any of IPL games should be played., replacing N.Srinivasan is fine since he is in top of BCCI level & he is involved in probe ., But suspending 2 Team is rediculous, what if probe justified there is nothing wrong., unnecessary millions of fans dissopointment., common , if this is how SC deals., Hope Srini does something., We need Team in the tournament.,

Posted by 11Galacticos on (March 27, 2014, 8:12 GMT)

Amazing decision!!

IPL and BCCI need such kind of cleanup before moving forward

Posted by   on (March 27, 2014, 8:11 GMT)

Finally... Hope this will salvage Indian cricket from corruption..

Posted by   on (March 27, 2014, 8:09 GMT)

Personality like Sunil Gavaskar is perfect for this position. I support the decision of SC.

Posted by RasCric on (March 27, 2014, 8:09 GMT)

This is getting better day by day

Posted by poorpatriot on (March 27, 2014, 8:09 GMT)

CSK and RR out from IPL.. come on.. why do we have IPL then? for individuals' mistake why a sport to suffer.

Posted by ramli on (March 27, 2014, 8:08 GMT)

So ... two new teams from Chennai or elsewhere are in the offing ... Go for it ... we need some change in names of teams ...

Posted by Biswajit03 on (March 27, 2014, 8:07 GMT)

these is very good news. SC should take strict decision and not let any one run away.

Posted by Amit_13 on (March 27, 2014, 8:05 GMT)

Long overdue!!!

Posted by suripsg on (March 27, 2014, 8:04 GMT)

This panel of judges make me start to believe our judiciary system...hats off to all these brave moves..:)

Posted by realfan on (March 27, 2014, 8:04 GMT)

gavasakar???? buahahahaha ... cant get any worse for BCCI.... not that I am defending srinivasan... i dont want both srinivasan or gavaskar to head BCCi..... india will have only rohit sharma in team if tgavaskar becomes BCCi chief.... why dont try with dravid or ganguly.... both are gentlemen and both know indian team very well , better than any other.... and oh yeah BAN IPL, even though i am big fan of IPL, this hurts indian team more than helping....

Posted by   on (March 27, 2014, 8:03 GMT)

With Sunil Gavaskar running the BCCI I'm sure cricket will be put first, not personal interest. I'm looking forward to the adoption of this proposal.

Posted by smudgeon on (March 27, 2014, 8:01 GMT)

This is pretty big. Wonder how the BCCI will respond...

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