Logistics manager first India Cements employee to be withdrawn
MA Satish, India's logistics manager, has been withdrawn from India's squad in Bangladesh following a Supreme Court directive to not engage India Cements employees in any of BCCI's activities till further notice. Satish, a former Kerala player, was to return to India as soon as his replacement joined the squad in Dhaka, but later it was announced that there would be no replacement and he would fly home on April 1.*
"I would like to inform all of you that Mr MA Satish (logistics manager of the Indian team) will be going back to India," RN Baba, media manager of the team, said in a media release.
This is the first bit of action after the Supreme Court directive to cut through the dual roles a handful enjoy in India Cements and the BCCI. BCCI president N Srinivasan is the vice-chairman and managing director of India Cements, which also owns Chennai Super Kings, the IPL team at the centre of alleged betting and spot-fixing controversy.
This conflict of interest has been questioned by the counsels representing Cricket Association of Bihar during the court case against the BCCI in the aftermath of the IPL corruption scandal. In its interim order on Friday, a two-judge bench of the Supreme Court said, "We also direct that till we deliver the judgement, none of the employees of India Cements Limited or its associate companies (except cricket players or commentators) will perform any of the duties assigned to them by the BCCI."
On Saturday, Sunil Gavaskar also assumed duties as the BCCI president as part of another Supreme Court directive. Earlier in the day Gavaskar said through a release he had met IPL chairman Ranjib Biswal and the management staff in Dubai, and had been briefed on various aspects of the 2014 season.
16.00GMT, March 31: This article was updated