Corruption in the IPL June 2, 2013

It is not for me to advise BCCI - Gavaskar

ESPNcricinfo staff

Sunil Gavaskar, the former India captain, has defended himself against accusations of remaining 'silent' during the ongoing crisis in Indian cricket following the spot-fixing and betting controversies. Gavaskar said he has made his views known and that it was not up to him to advise N Srinivasan, the current president of the BCCI, on what's to be done to deal with the crisis.

"Ever since the three Rajasthan Royals players were taken into custody, I have been on the TV channel that I am contracted to, and have given my views on the episode as it has unfolded," Gavaskar, who is a cricket expert on the channel NDTV, wrote in his Sunday column published in various newspapers. "So to say that I have been silent is totally erroneous and downright mischievous."

Two top BCCI officials, Ajay Shirke and Sanjay Jagdale, resigned from their posts as treasurer and board secretary respectively, followed by Rajiv Shukla, who stepped down as IPL chairman. There have been calls for Srinivasan to resign, until the BCCI's inquiry into his son-in-law and Chennai Super Kings official Gurunath Meiyappan, India Cements, and Rajasthan Royals' owners is complete. But Gavaskar isn't among those asking Srinivasan to step aside.

"What maybe immoral to one may not be immoral to another, and as long as it is within the framework of the laws that govern our country, nobody should be forced to say or do anything against their will is what I believe in," he said. "So whether Mr. Srinivasan should stay or step aside while the probe committee does its job is a moral issue, and it is for him to take a call on that. That has been my stand, and since it is not one that resonates with most TV channels and the print media, I am accused of being silent.

Gavaskar said it was "for the BCCI and Mr. Srinivasan" to take a call on what was a "moral issue" facing Indian cricket. "It is not for me to advise them what to do as everybody else seems to be doing, and if that is taken as being bought then good luck to democracy in our country."

Gavaskar is also contracted with the BCCI. "The reason why such contracts are done is to obtain exclusivity from the contracted entity so that he/ she does not appear on a rival channel and that is why good money is paid to the former players. That is also why I have not appeared on another TV channel excepting the news channel that has a contract with me."

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  • Mumraiz on June 3, 2013, 1:24 GMT

    Mr. Gavaskar - I will be eagerly waiting to listen to your commentary in future matches to see if you have anything to say about on-field players integrity and morality.

  • Bang on June 2, 2013, 21:09 GMT

    India Hatao, all will be ok!

  • Shelson on June 2, 2013, 15:04 GMT

    I am sorry to say but I totally disagree with Mr. Gavaskar. He has been very bold in the past in his comments when it comes to players, teams and coaches and had his point of view as a commentator on TV channels about them. This is not just about Mr. Srinivasan but about the game, the country, the players who go and play their heart and soul out to earn a cap to play for their country & earn an honest living.You disappoint me Mr. Gavaskar. As a commentator I understand your views but to just say against a few (who cannot retaliate) and not the others (who can retaliate against you) is just plain wrong. Well what can you say this is India, so politics is everything.

  • Dummy4 on June 2, 2013, 14:14 GMT

    Our society has become amoral. I didn't say "immoral"! Don't pounce on me.

  • ian on June 2, 2013, 13:52 GMT

    If you are contracted to the BCCI then you would be well advised not to bite that's been feeding you for a while. Once the BCCI has been fumigated, then I hope & trust that Sunil - for whom we all have great respect, even outside India - will speak his mind. As it is, there is no mileage in his saying anything right now.

  • Anil on June 2, 2013, 13:50 GMT

    I totally agree with whatever you said Mr. Gavaskar, but the issue we have is why were you so vocal when ordinary cricketers were arrested? Cricketers were called names... But when bigwigs are involved why this silence???

  • Chris on June 2, 2013, 13:50 GMT

    Mates, see it this way. If you are working for a company, and if any of the company's executives is in a legal battle, will you be able to make any comment against the executive even if you feel he was wrong? I think Sunny is contracted by BCCI and he can not and will not make any specific comment against the president. He can not violate any contract agreement even if he feels that the president is wrong. So why blame him? I think his views are correct. Instead of bashing him, try making a comment against your own employer's executive and see it for yourself!!! Will you have the guts in first place?

  • Dummy4 on June 2, 2013, 8:08 GMT

    He says he was being paid by the BCCI from the Age of 12, when he started playing for Schools and the difference, he rues, is only the quantum of Money.

    Mr.Gavaskar, nobody denied that you have been on contract with BCCI, nor your remuneration.

    The issue, in case you chose to forget, I can not believe this for Gavaskar is highly cerebral and loquacious, is precisely that!

    That of Conflict of interest.

    When you work for someone, you seem to be working from the age of 12 for The BCCI, you can not take another assignment which is in conflict with what you are engaged in.That's what exactly you have been doing scrupulously.

    It is natural for you not to talk about the on-goings in IPL or BCCI.

    That's what is meant by your 'Silence', not anything else. 'It is upto Srni"

    By the same token, let the batsmen or bowler do what they do.

  • Dummy4 on June 2, 2013, 7:33 GMT

    I agree with the legend's personal and professional viewpoint. But this is a crisis never faced before in the annals of Indian cricket and it is time that a legend like Mr Gavaskar shread his professional veil and give back to the game that made him a legend and gave him the opportunity to be adored by billions of cricket fans. With his vast experience as a player, administrator, mentor, commentator and his personal presence and aura, I have no doubts that he can work wonders to bring back the glory to Indian cricket. Come on Sunny boy wake up for your country.....the whole world is looking at you!!!!

  • Dummy4 on June 2, 2013, 7:20 GMT

    Gavaskar is a political maestro He wont say a thing against Srinivasan or his son in law Even his comments on Meyappan are neutral because should Srinivasan stick onto his chair or get back on to it after the so called investigation by a bunch of people appointed by Srinivasan himself is over, all those who wanted his ouster will be given the boot Look what he has said already about Shirke and Jagdale. And also look at what Kapil and Kiran More experienced when they moved the ICL It will be interesting to see how many matches Maharashtra or Indore get should Srinivasan get back and what happens their Associations

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