India news March 28, 2014

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

ESPNcricinfo staff

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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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  • Kashi 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!

  • Dummy4 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 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.

  • Dummy4 on March 29, 2014, 0:08 GMT

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

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Peter 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.

  • Android on March 28, 2014, 20:40 GMT

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

  • Dummy4 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

  • Android on March 28, 2014, 19:01 GMT

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

  • abi 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

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