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Gavaskar to head BCCI during IPL; CSK and RR can play

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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.

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."

It's not yet clear what role Gavaskar will play as interim president during the IPL, given that the tournament has an established and experienced management structure in place. "The BCCI president is like a guiding force as far as the IPL is concerned," Sanjay Patel, the board secretary, told ESPNcricinfo. "The IPL has been run by its Governing Council in collaboration with the chairman and the CEO. That will continue, the management structure will remain the same."

Patel, who is also part of the IPL governing council, said the only question that needed to be resolved was Sundar Raman's role. "The only issue is whether Gavaskar would like the services of Sundar Raman. That is what the court stated today," Patel said. He said he would be meeting Gavaskar soon to work out a plan.

"The court suggested that for probity, for the public perception of an investigation that if Mr Srinivasan was, as the managing director of Indian Cements, concerned with the team which was under investigation, for the time being during the investigations he should not discharge the functions. The BCCI considered this and felt that it was perfectly right and can be done and Mr Srinivasan himself made that offer," BCCI counsel CA Sundaram said.

He said the BCCI was "very, very glad" that the court had not suspended the IPL or Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals. "We were keen that all the teams should participate at this juncture, inasmuch as there has not yet been any kind of final decision as to whether the franchisees were responsible and if so what action should be taken. We felt that this was not the time to stop them from playing and for the effectiveness of the IPL all eight teams playing at this juncture was important."

The two-judge bench of AK Patnaik and Ibrahim Kalifulla made it clear that it would reserve its final judgement till all hearings are complete. The next hearing will be on April 16, when the BCCI counsel would be given the first opportunity to present his arguments against the submissions made by the CAB. According to Sundaram it will take at least a "few more" hearings to get more clarity.

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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  • Kashi0127 on March 29, 2014, 7:04 GMT

    Gavaskar by far is probably the best batsman produced. Though there have been many others in recent times who have piled record after records they have done so in lot easier and friendlier circumstances and conditions and lot better benefits provided. Keep in mind Gavaskar faced lot tougher opposition than the Tendulakrs of today with Robers, , Garner, Marshal, Holding etc and all this w/o the kind of protective gears that you see today. His new role might also be similar - face all kind of unknowns w/o the protective gear. Good Luck Gavaskar!

  • on March 29, 2014, 4:25 GMT

    As a player I still have enormous respect for Gavaskar but has he contributed to Indian cricket development in anyways so far after his retirement?? Even after decades after retirement he is not a down to earth person to guide the Indian team in any capacity rather a typical commentator criticizing the team during failures and praising them during victory. Players like Kapil Dev voiced their concern against BCCI in the past and infact lead the Indian Cricket League and has full qualification to take up this job. Afterall he is our first World Cup winning captain.

  • John_Mil on March 29, 2014, 1:52 GMT

    Good Move by appointing Gavaskar as the lead at the right time.Only thing we would miss his heart breaking commentries during the match.It's good to give him a chance for sometime.Also Let's give chance to Ganguly,Kumble,Dravid,Sachin to the role in future.More over it's good not to reveal the hearing until the End of IPL 7.Because it might affect the entire planning,scheduling and the interest of the people.But once the IPL is done,BCCI should take the necessary actions for the players and the management who involved in Match Fixing if the hearing is 100% perfect.But I expect not to suspend the Franchise for the cost of few illegal people instead the franchise can be owned by somebody,and the IPL can still go on in future.I'm sure BCCI would be aware of all these things and they know what to do and when to do.Cheers..Let's make the Good team and Good cricket by choosing a good people.

  • on March 29, 2014, 0:08 GMT

    CSK playing.........Common boys rock the world again

  • on March 28, 2014, 20:52 GMT

    Sir Gavaskar, I always had a regret, I have never see you play against WI..but I would love to tell my future generation that I have seen a man who has the courage to stand up against all odds just for the love of the game. Will it be tougher than taking gourd against the fearsome WI pace battery without a helmet? I don't know, may be, may be not. But on a bouncy track like BCCI, who could be a better opener than Mr. Sunil Gavaskar.

  • seo7seo on March 28, 2014, 20:52 GMT

    I think they should give more power to Gawaskar. We all know how honest and devoted (to cricket) this man is. You can not point out even a single ball that he had played for his own benefit. Unlike many modern players this man played only and only for India. The way he is respected in Pakistan, I don't think big three issue would have prolonged (with Gavasker) the way it did because of Sirinivasin's mismanagement. I think money will speak, although N.Siri is not in the office right now. Court as well as Gavaskar need to be cautious about that.

  • on March 28, 2014, 20:40 GMT

    Just remeber that gavaskar is against india and pakistan playing with each other.

  • on March 28, 2014, 19:02 GMT

    personality like him should hold the positions in BCCI.....for the betterment of CRICKET IN INDIA...WELL DONE SUPREME COURT

  • on March 28, 2014, 19:01 GMT

    i don't think gavaskar is right person & it won't change any thing.

  • abiindia on March 28, 2014, 18:29 GMT

    BAD move! he is not that kind of person to be in such power, he is a child nature, gets very excited for a small things, such attitude never catch faraway distances, Playing good cricket is different, showing authority when needed is different. Amarnath or Kapil both may fits in to such a mess, and can clean up things. Indian from mauritius

  • Kashi0127 on March 29, 2014, 7:04 GMT

    Gavaskar by far is probably the best batsman produced. Though there have been many others in recent times who have piled record after records they have done so in lot easier and friendlier circumstances and conditions and lot better benefits provided. Keep in mind Gavaskar faced lot tougher opposition than the Tendulakrs of today with Robers, , Garner, Marshal, Holding etc and all this w/o the kind of protective gears that you see today. His new role might also be similar - face all kind of unknowns w/o the protective gear. Good Luck Gavaskar!

  • on March 29, 2014, 4:25 GMT

    As a player I still have enormous respect for Gavaskar but has he contributed to Indian cricket development in anyways so far after his retirement?? Even after decades after retirement he is not a down to earth person to guide the Indian team in any capacity rather a typical commentator criticizing the team during failures and praising them during victory. Players like Kapil Dev voiced their concern against BCCI in the past and infact lead the Indian Cricket League and has full qualification to take up this job. Afterall he is our first World Cup winning captain.

  • John_Mil on March 29, 2014, 1:52 GMT

    Good Move by appointing Gavaskar as the lead at the right time.Only thing we would miss his heart breaking commentries during the match.It's good to give him a chance for sometime.Also Let's give chance to Ganguly,Kumble,Dravid,Sachin to the role in future.More over it's good not to reveal the hearing until the End of IPL 7.Because it might affect the entire planning,scheduling and the interest of the people.But once the IPL is done,BCCI should take the necessary actions for the players and the management who involved in Match Fixing if the hearing is 100% perfect.But I expect not to suspend the Franchise for the cost of few illegal people instead the franchise can be owned by somebody,and the IPL can still go on in future.I'm sure BCCI would be aware of all these things and they know what to do and when to do.Cheers..Let's make the Good team and Good cricket by choosing a good people.

  • on March 29, 2014, 0:08 GMT

    CSK playing.........Common boys rock the world again

  • on March 28, 2014, 20:52 GMT

    Sir Gavaskar, I always had a regret, I have never see you play against WI..but I would love to tell my future generation that I have seen a man who has the courage to stand up against all odds just for the love of the game. Will it be tougher than taking gourd against the fearsome WI pace battery without a helmet? I don't know, may be, may be not. But on a bouncy track like BCCI, who could be a better opener than Mr. Sunil Gavaskar.

  • seo7seo on March 28, 2014, 20:52 GMT

    I think they should give more power to Gawaskar. We all know how honest and devoted (to cricket) this man is. You can not point out even a single ball that he had played for his own benefit. Unlike many modern players this man played only and only for India. The way he is respected in Pakistan, I don't think big three issue would have prolonged (with Gavasker) the way it did because of Sirinivasin's mismanagement. I think money will speak, although N.Siri is not in the office right now. Court as well as Gavaskar need to be cautious about that.

  • on March 28, 2014, 20:40 GMT

    Just remeber that gavaskar is against india and pakistan playing with each other.

  • on March 28, 2014, 19:02 GMT

    personality like him should hold the positions in BCCI.....for the betterment of CRICKET IN INDIA...WELL DONE SUPREME COURT

  • on March 28, 2014, 19:01 GMT

    i don't think gavaskar is right person & it won't change any thing.

  • abiindia on March 28, 2014, 18:29 GMT

    BAD move! he is not that kind of person to be in such power, he is a child nature, gets very excited for a small things, such attitude never catch faraway distances, Playing good cricket is different, showing authority when needed is different. Amarnath or Kapil both may fits in to such a mess, and can clean up things. Indian from mauritius

  • on March 28, 2014, 18:06 GMT

    I am still surprised why BCCI is still under politicians..It should be administered by former players who have the right knowledge of the game & where to improve. This move should pave way for the better future...

  • on March 28, 2014, 17:49 GMT

    i will shivrama krishanan and his commentary, he is a nice guy,

  • Cpt.Meanster on March 28, 2014, 17:32 GMT

    FANTASTIC day for Indian cricket. First, CSK and RR are back in business for IPL 7 along with Gavaskar sir as new BCCI president. Secondly, Team India WIN against BD and qualify for semis!!!! Can this get any better ? I am pumped !!!

  • HealthyCric on March 28, 2014, 17:30 GMT

    What any one can expect from a business man ruling a wealthy sport.

    Great to see Supreme court taking things in to their own hands. Very positive to the country, one of the largest democracies in the world.

    I wIsh to these kind of things happen often with the politicians too.

  • on March 28, 2014, 17:17 GMT

    i like gavaskar as the head of bcci.anyhow csk is playing and 'msd' is playing.

  • on March 28, 2014, 17:08 GMT

    @sam silver..u dont like harsha commentry..sumthng prblm with u..he is the oly person do commentry wel irrespective of whch team plays..most of thm supports own country.

  • Vilander on March 28, 2014, 16:57 GMT

    Gavaskar and Tendulkar are not as suitable for the job as is Ganguly.

  • on March 28, 2014, 16:31 GMT

    Very appropriate. He is a very respected personality. Replace him by tendulkar after he retires.

  • on March 28, 2014, 16:26 GMT

    I like that move if my prediction is correct. Gavaskar won't do commentary while he is the BCCI chief I assume. I don't like his stereotypical commentary. Harsha Bhogle as well.

  • godshand on March 28, 2014, 15:46 GMT

    High time only ex-cricketers handle the affairs !!!

  • RKB21 on March 28, 2014, 14:14 GMT

    A very good move to appoint Sunil Gavaskar. I hope that his appointment is made permanant. Anytime he, Anil Kumble, Rahul Dravid and Sourav Ganguly have a role in BCCi, it is a good step forward.

  • thinkgood on March 28, 2014, 13:22 GMT

    CSK is playing - Whistle Podu !!!!

  • thinkgood on March 28, 2014, 13:20 GMT

    First of all the title of this article is misleading. Gavaskar is to be the head of BCCI as far as IPL affairs are concerned and the rest would be done by Shivlal Yadav. That's the SC order and its misrepresented here for more sensation. So typical of unscrupulous media these days!. Secondly, I feel sorry for Gavaskar since he is walking into a land mine with IPL. His clean image is going to be maligned in the long run because of this. He had a choice to refuse the offer from SC but he accepted it. That is going to prove costly for him I think because IPL is not just a Indian tournament. Its bookies haven and with IPL 7 in UAE, he is going to be on the sticky wicket.

  • bhushanB on March 28, 2014, 12:28 GMT

    Looks like the IPL management which runs the functions will remain the same.. Hope Gavaskar is not merely made a president Icon.. we need an Iconic President.. who can change the way things are done.. than one who would just be a rubber stamp....

    Alll the best to Sunil Gavaskar in his new role as IPL chairman/President...

  • on March 28, 2014, 12:19 GMT

    Gavaskar is the right man to head BCCI. Wish him the best. Qamar Ahmed

  • bowlfordecoy on March 28, 2014, 11:40 GMT

    Like many said , this made my day, csk is playing. yahoo!!!

  • devilshahul on March 28, 2014, 11:08 GMT

    i dont know wheather it will be good or bad for bcci. . . . but definitely bad for ipl coz one very good commentator will solely be missed. . . . as he is among the best commentators in the ipl. .. . i dont think he should obstain from commentating. . . :(

  • vayalapalli on March 28, 2014, 10:26 GMT

    very good judgement they had to remove all non cricket personalities from BCCI

  • Bang_La on March 28, 2014, 10:08 GMT

    Congratulations Sunil Manohor Gavaskar! At long last India recognized one genuine gem in their cricket world! Wish you success Sunil Gavaskar.

  • on March 28, 2014, 9:20 GMT

    if Sunil Gavaskar is appointed BCCI president (complete charge)instead of only for IPL. He would have cleansed the Board.

  • landofcricket on March 28, 2014, 9:06 GMT

    i welcome this judgement and hope he will take some good efforts to have clean ipl...

  • on March 28, 2014, 9:02 GMT

    Superb Change over... All the best Sunny.... Happy to hear this...

  • on March 28, 2014, 8:55 GMT

    It would have been better if Sunil Gavaskar is appointed BCCI president (complete charge)instead of only for IPL. He would have cleansed the Board.

  • SaifS on March 28, 2014, 8:42 GMT

    Great interference by the honorable supreme court of India. IPL needs an image makeover and Mr Gavaskar is potentially the best man to do it. SC should not stop here, at least one more strong push is required to clear the BCCI out of the dirt, at a more higher level and not just at the IPL. Thanks and salute to our judiciary. Jai Hind!

  • Sir_Ivor on March 28, 2014, 8:41 GMT

    Sunil Gavaskar was not just a great cricketer. He is intelligent and has a good educational background coming as he does from St Xaviers Mumbai. That apart, he has a standing in International cricket that very few Indian cricketers can match. Though England and Australia have always been grudging in their regard for him,there is no doubt that they regard him as al all time great comparable to the likes of Hobbs and Sutcliffe and Bradman, He was and is a professional. I am sure he will be very objective and that his integrity will be beyond reproach considering that the highest court in the land has given him this responsibility The important thing is that the influence of Srinivasan should be completely removed if Indian cricket has to gain the respect that is due to it. It should not be just because India is seen as the financial hub of world cricket. Contrary to what people think, I think Sunny has the complete responsibility of running Indian cricket not just the IPL.

  • on March 28, 2014, 8:22 GMT

    Isn't it rather sad that cricket in India has sunk to such a low depth because of parochial interests of a couple of individuals. Unless the BCCI memorandum of articles are changed there is no guarantee that in future this kind of thing will not happen. Conditions must be laid down that the BCCI Chairman must not have any business or political interests or come from any sponsoring company.

  • raulj on March 28, 2014, 8:21 GMT

    Sunny will make a good BCCI President but will miss him a lot for his commentary with the valuable inputs he has for the game.

  • on March 28, 2014, 8:14 GMT

    Good Judgement. Sunil Gavaskar is OK, but Saurav Ganduly is Superb Man for President...............

  • on March 28, 2014, 8:05 GMT

    I love this decision. I have great respect for Sunny Gavaskar right from my childhood. I am feeling really happy that he is at the helm of affairs as far as IPL is concenred. All the best Sunny Bhai

  • on March 28, 2014, 7:57 GMT

    Cricinfo poll says the cricket-loving people in the World would have preferred Sourav Ganguly (not that he will be willing to take the responsibility). His vote is double than the nearest competitor (Kumble).

  • on March 28, 2014, 7:46 GMT

    Great news,let us hope that the first thing he does is to prepare sporting pitches. I do not like our batsmen hopping around in foreign pitches,so prepare bouncy pitches.Something for the bowler too,the subcontinental pitches,the ball does not reaches even waist high.

  • hayagriva on March 28, 2014, 7:45 GMT

    Just a reminder to all, that Gavaskar is incharge of only IPL activities of BCCI and not other activities. So technically he can't fire Duncan Fletcher as Mr. Fletcher is not part of the IPL carnival!!!

  • on March 28, 2014, 7:44 GMT

    Great Decision by ISC. Sunil Gavaskar is the right man for the job at the right time. He can bring about a change. But for that he needs all powers and strong mandate! He is the most respected man in cricketing world! Best of luck to him!

  • on March 28, 2014, 7:43 GMT

    @hari rao: yes Bangladesh might be a cheaper option but UAE is as good if not better than Bangladesh to host a full series. Also there are many more Indian fans in the UAE than in Bangladesh, we should give them easy access to cheer for their teams in the stadium don't you think

  • on March 28, 2014, 7:42 GMT

    He has been appointed only for IPL... for other BCCI related matters Shivlal Yadav is there... So Fletcher is not going anywhere..

  • on March 28, 2014, 7:36 GMT

    Im happy to see gavaskar as president...who was genuine player and serving cricket in one or the other way ....

    Gavskar wis a good administrator ...kapil dev would have been other option.. but gavaskar holds more admistrative skills and personlity ;

    GOOD FOR CRICKET :

  • JuveriaTabassum on March 28, 2014, 7:35 GMT

    correct judgement i would say.....gavaskar is the correct man at this turbulent time to steer BCCI's sinking ship...his appointment will go a long way in re-establishing the credibility of BCCI....and it is only fair that CSK & RR are not banned...teams and players dont deserve to be banned for the faults of the admins.....team india can hopefully focus now on the T20 WC match today after all this off-the-pitch controversy....

  • Waves239 on March 28, 2014, 7:32 GMT

    Now I completely understand why my high school social teacher was so emphatic in stressing JUDICIARY above all. Good News Out of Blue!

  • on March 28, 2014, 7:28 GMT

    Congrats to SC for a forthright decision to transfer leadership of IPL to Mr. Gavaskar, who has demonstrated his true commitment to "Clean"Cricket all these years. He must be given full powers to act fearlessly and eliminate interferences from people who are trying to exploit the game and spoiling the innocent Cricketers. Gavaskar should also look appropriateness of choosing Dubai as he interim Center. SA or Bangladesh would be better! Good Luck Sunilji Hari Rao

  • on March 28, 2014, 7:28 GMT

    @cvenka The court accepted his offer of stepping aside and decide to appoint Interim chief in "Shivlal Yadav" who is also proposed by the BCCI. SC CLEARLY SAID THAT APPOINTING INTERIM CHIEF IN NO WAY AFFECTS Mr.SRINIVASAN'S ICC CHAIRMAN ROLE. HE CAN BECOME THE ICC CHIEF. He has just stepped aside till the investigations are over. That's it.

  • Maliduke on March 28, 2014, 7:28 GMT

    Ya Sunny Bai finally ur contribution as an individual has been identified by third party. take care of IPL and its quality and faithfulness of the billion fans. Good luck.

  • Johnny_129 on March 28, 2014, 7:27 GMT

    This is the BEST NEWS for Indian cricket since SRT's debut!!! I wish the courts had ruled Gavaskar to be the head of BCCI for BOTH IPL and non-IPL functions!! The BCCI were quick to appoint Shivlal Yadav as head of non-IPL functions. Gavaskar appointment for non-IPL functions would have been great - He could have arranged better pitches for fast bowlers at FC level!!!

  • punterdgr8 on March 28, 2014, 7:21 GMT

    @cvenka,srini is removed.he didn't resign.

  • nmuthu on March 28, 2014, 7:19 GMT

    congrats mr. Gavaskar first please remove that fletcher from India and bring Dada as Indian Coach.

  • vipinchirackal on March 28, 2014, 7:15 GMT

    bye to duncan fletcher because sunil is always asking for a new coach

  • deadite11 on March 28, 2014, 7:01 GMT

    Supreme court's judgment based on players future basis, they should not get affected. And i dunno why supreme court suggesting only "Sunil gavaskar" when there are many good former players like Kapil dev, Anil Kumble, Ravi shastri etc., Kapil dev already had experienced of handling ICL, so he would ve suit perfectly for this IPL. Anyways, congrats to sunny for heading this great job, clean and make BCCI towards good position. CSK and RR got affected from the virus which is now cleaned. So go ahead and rock on!

  • cvenka on March 28, 2014, 6:58 GMT

    What abt Mr Srinivasan? He he resigned or removed & or is he still the BCCI President without power?

  • on March 28, 2014, 6:57 GMT

    A Great decision by the Indian SC. that's the way to do it. head of the BCCI should be a person who knows very much about Cricket. not a businessman. . Mr Gavaskar is the best person. I'm from Sri Lanka. we have the same problem here and.. we need a good supreme court

  • on March 28, 2014, 6:57 GMT

    Congrats Mr Gavaskar. Big task ahead though, to show them how its done. But i'm sure you'll do the right thing. Oh, and try and get Dravid/kumble/Dada in with you as well.

  • VinothSam on March 28, 2014, 6:55 GMT

    Thank God Sunny out of the commentary box. Give some IPL place to Ravi as well.

  • subramanyamraj on March 28, 2014, 6:53 GMT

    Good decision taken by Honorable SC. I feel Saurav Ganguly is also capable of holding such type of situations, as he had already done it in the past.. The roots might be bitter but the fruits will definitely be sweet... Any player if found involved in this scandal. Should be banned for life. This is a disgrace to the nation.. I am happy about this.

  • sreehk on March 28, 2014, 6:51 GMT

    Salute to the Honorable Supreme Court of India. The top-down approach is indeed an exemplary way, that is to weed out the head of BCCI. Hope that this is just a start by Supreme Court and hope that it will take more harsher decisions in the days to come. This is the only way the faith of nations and its peoples and the sanctity of the game. Supreme Court should order for a complete restructuring of BCCI devoid of politicians, lawyers, and businessmen running the game. BCCI should be under RTI and be run by eminent former players who understand the game best. If Dhoni is involved, he should not be spared either. Gavaskar should bring strict measures as far as IPL is concerned. Hope Cricket comes to the fore under him.

  • Vicky_VJ on March 28, 2014, 6:47 GMT

    This is quickest action taken by SC on any type scandal. Hope SC cleans up Cricket and punishes the guilty!! Kudos to SC

  • Karthik.Sundaram on March 28, 2014, 6:42 GMT

    Amazing move by the SC!!!! To get Mr. Gavaskar on board was the right thing to do, for he is someone who has never shied away from showing displeasure with the managements way's!! Angry young man for the right job finally:)

  • on March 28, 2014, 6:39 GMT

    It's good the Supreme Court took this decision.Hope this arrangement of players being appointed as Presidents of BCCI continues in future in the interest of cricket.

  • vinaysgnr on March 28, 2014, 6:39 GMT

    i am very happy to see sunny sir in action, this is very good step taken by Honorable Supreme Court to make Sir to Head of BCCI he is real role model for all person and he can changed the attitude of every cricketer to become valuable for team. HE IS REAL MASTER OF CRICKET

  • on March 28, 2014, 6:38 GMT

    Great Decision by SC, Why they ban to play CSK and RR? If anyone is guilty then punish, but dnt banned teams which is most favourates in IPL. And for SG Sir, You have to show how to handle the BCCI, Its bot for those who dnt knw how to play cricket. Great Work :)

  • on March 28, 2014, 6:37 GMT

    it's good to c that csk and RR will continue. no 1 would have watched IPL if these 2 teams didn't participate

  • Presynaras on March 28, 2014, 6:37 GMT

    I am glad about CSK and RR playing. Sunil Gavaskar is a good man. He will do what is right for India. I hope after this IPL season ends. CSK team with players and coaching staff intact is handed over to new owners and IPL 8 can be much more peaceful for CSK fans. Thanks to those fans of other teams who supported CSK during the tough times.

  • Santy19 on March 28, 2014, 6:36 GMT

    Will miss Gavaskar's Commentary in IPL for sure

  • on March 28, 2014, 6:35 GMT

    Still shocked to hear that MSD's name is in there as well... Don,t know exactly but shocking.. From Pakistan

  • on March 28, 2014, 6:33 GMT

    good decision taken by supreme court based on present situation... banning Csk and RR for the sake of investigation is not so fair as many innocent players are trying to showcase their talent to make into big league as well as the loss of money for the investors broadcasters will be very high which will eventually effect country's economy. After the investigation is done and if both the teams are found guilty legal action can be taken it might be the players, officials of the team, or even the owners..

  • Chn2 on March 28, 2014, 6:31 GMT

    Congratulation Mr. Gavaskar. Hope you will clean up all the dirty partical from IPL and regroup people's trust on fair cricket.

  • on March 28, 2014, 6:30 GMT

    will be missing Sunny in comentary box.happy CSK and RR back from many problems

  • on March 28, 2014, 6:30 GMT

    good decisions to move with sunil gavaskar as bcci acting president during ipl..and the news for the fans that csk and RR are still in the course.both teams have produced promising cricketers for indian cricket team. overall acchallenging and promising ipl to go ahead..hope there is no corruption for the forthcoming years. ..

  • ShanNachimuthu on March 28, 2014, 6:29 GMT

    I am relieved now. Thanks to SC. Appropriate solution provided.

  • CHINNASHEKHAR on March 28, 2014, 6:27 GMT

    yaa, its good news to give a chance to senior players

  • on March 28, 2014, 6:20 GMT

    The powerful in BCCI until now had a carefully worked out model. Get someone in your fold from all major political parties. So Sharad Pawar from NCP, Rajiv Shukla from Congress and Arun Jaitly from BJP were office bearers in various capacities. Sure enough anguished voices could be heard from fans and others, no political parties (who are so vocal on other issues) thought there was anything wrong with the way cricket was being conducted in India. I am pleased that Supreme Court has come down hard, so some much needed change should come.

  • on March 28, 2014, 6:17 GMT

    Very good decision given by Honorable Supreme Court of India, It is really happy for all IPL teams Could be participate in this mega Tournement and also very good news Sunil Gavaskar's Candidacy of BCCI President & Court insist the Charge of BCCI President ship to Sunny sir

  • on March 28, 2014, 6:12 GMT

    SC could have appointed Mohinder Amarnath instead of Sunil Gavaskar and also could have banned IPL. We Indians should boycott IPL this year atleast as BCCI is conducting it outside India showing no respect to Indian democracy.In a democracy, election is a big event and BCCI should respect it.

  • bhargav.thali on March 28, 2014, 6:10 GMT

    Very glad to hear the supreme court order!! I hope that srinivasan goes out for good. Also I hope in the future high decision making posts in the BCCI are taken up by ex cricketers, who unlike the current administrators, actually care for the game and are not in it for the power!

  • on March 28, 2014, 6:09 GMT

    It's good for Indian Cricket.

  • ramz30380 on March 28, 2014, 6:08 GMT

    Its wonderful tht CSK & RR will be playing the IPL...... Public interest wud have taken a beating if these two teams were scrapped... & it is wonderful to see the BCCI coming fwd & supporting the Indian captain who rightfully deserves such backing....

  • yadabhi7 on March 28, 2014, 6:04 GMT

    Good move.....& revolutionary move. I think from now only retired cricketers will be posted on top officials post of BCCI. vice president- Kapil dev secretary- anil kumble Ganguly & dravid can be taken in a good role too

  • VVSTRTHOTA on March 28, 2014, 6:02 GMT

    Good move, but it should be done perfectly. First politicians are to be kept out of board, next selectors should not involve in IPL in any manner.

  • on March 28, 2014, 6:00 GMT

    Good to see SC has allowed to continue IPL as planned.

  • on March 28, 2014, 5:58 GMT

    Hope Sunny can bat straight off the field too.

  • on March 28, 2014, 5:53 GMT

    it is fair enough to allow csk and rr to play ipl because not necesarily all players are involved in the fixing scam wat sunil gavaskar needs to do 1st is find out all the players involved in fixing and betting scandals and suspend them for life to restore the image of indian cricket, bcci and also ipl

  • on March 28, 2014, 5:52 GMT

    Sunny days are back......Hope some Monopoly of CSK also ends

  • on March 28, 2014, 5:51 GMT

    Correct decision taken. But why only IPL functions ?

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  • on March 28, 2014, 5:51 GMT

    Correct decision taken. But why only IPL functions ?

  • on March 28, 2014, 5:52 GMT

    Sunny days are back......Hope some Monopoly of CSK also ends

  • on March 28, 2014, 5:53 GMT

    it is fair enough to allow csk and rr to play ipl because not necesarily all players are involved in the fixing scam wat sunil gavaskar needs to do 1st is find out all the players involved in fixing and betting scandals and suspend them for life to restore the image of indian cricket, bcci and also ipl

  • on March 28, 2014, 5:58 GMT

    Hope Sunny can bat straight off the field too.

  • on March 28, 2014, 6:00 GMT

    Good to see SC has allowed to continue IPL as planned.

  • VVSTRTHOTA on March 28, 2014, 6:02 GMT

    Good move, but it should be done perfectly. First politicians are to be kept out of board, next selectors should not involve in IPL in any manner.

  • yadabhi7 on March 28, 2014, 6:04 GMT

    Good move.....& revolutionary move. I think from now only retired cricketers will be posted on top officials post of BCCI. vice president- Kapil dev secretary- anil kumble Ganguly & dravid can be taken in a good role too

  • ramz30380 on March 28, 2014, 6:08 GMT

    Its wonderful tht CSK & RR will be playing the IPL...... Public interest wud have taken a beating if these two teams were scrapped... & it is wonderful to see the BCCI coming fwd & supporting the Indian captain who rightfully deserves such backing....

  • on March 28, 2014, 6:09 GMT

    It's good for Indian Cricket.

  • bhargav.thali on March 28, 2014, 6:10 GMT

    Very glad to hear the supreme court order!! I hope that srinivasan goes out for good. Also I hope in the future high decision making posts in the BCCI are taken up by ex cricketers, who unlike the current administrators, actually care for the game and are not in it for the power!