India news March 27, 2014

BCCI points to IPL players' plight

Amol Karhadkar and Nagraj Gollapudi
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The Supreme Court's googly, as it were, to the BCCI in the form of three proposals has thrown the board into a state of "uncertainty", with the mooted suspension of Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals causing the most concern. While there has been no indication of a coordinated meeting of senior officials, it is understood that the board's response to the court on Friday will be to point out that suspending two IPL teams will most affect the players.

It is also expected to oppose the proposal of an "outsider" to head the BCCI - the court suggested the name of Sunil Gavaskar - by pointing to the number of former players in the board hierarchy.

"No one anticipated the court's proposal to suspend the two teams," a senior board official said. "The court has given the BCCI very little time to respond. I don't think the BCCI members can meet for certain in one place before tomorrow morning, so the only way is to set up a teleconference."

The biggest setback for the IPL, he said, was not BCCI president N Srinivasan's status or possible replacement but a curtailed IPL with fewer teams. The BCCI's arguments in court on Friday are therefore likely to centre on its belief that it would be "virtually impossible" to conduct the IPL with just six teams. That, it is felt, would affect logistics and, more importantly, the players.

"It would be really difficult to redraw plans, especially considering that the tournament is supposed to start within three weeks. The logistical and financial problems can, however, be solved, but what can be done about the players? It would be unfair on almost all of the 50-odd players from these two teams to be deprived, for no fault of theirs, of the opportunity to play the tournament and earn their livelihood," the board member said.

A six-team IPL, with its existing home-and-away format followed by four games in the knockout stage, will bring the number of matches down to 34 from 60. That will have a knock-on effect on broadcasters and sponsors, and the BCCI's concern will be how to compensate them, given that the long-term contracts are based on 60-match seasons. Neither PepsiCo India, the league's title sponsors, nor Multi Screen Media Pvt Ltd, parent company of host broadcaster Max, were willing to comment.

On the issue of an interim or replacement president, the board is likely to seek a change in the court's stated criterion - a "seasoned or respected cricketer" - to one more aligned to its own eligibility rules. "For Gavaskar to be appointed as the board chief, as per the Supreme Court directive, we will require an amendment to the BCCI constitution. We may request the court to appoint a candidate who fulfills the eligibility criteria set for the post of the president [by the constitution]."

The BCCI's rules state that anyone acceding to the president's post must have been a past or present office-bearer and vice-president, and have attended at least two BCCI AGMs.

In any case, the board has not accepted that Srinivasan will be ousted; rather, they feel he is best placed to decide on his future. "It is tough call," an official said. "It all depends on Srinivasan now: if he wants to go himself or if he wants to stick to his decision of telling the court that he is willing to step aside pending a time-bound probe. The BCCI on its own cannot force Srinivasan to resign. But we will have to wait for the judges to take a final decision tomorrow."

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  • DEEPROCKS22 on March 28, 2014, 7:54 GMT

    U lankan dont know anything about IPL. u better stay away..I m big fan of only Malinga from Srilanka..others I dont think to deserve that quality that can hurt popolarity of IPL the most famous T20 leage of earth.

  • on March 28, 2014, 7:51 GMT

    @SLisBestinEarth - All five Sri lankan players you mentioned were major letdown last year. Angelo and Sanga flopped as captain and removed by their teams. Mahela did ok. Mendis hardly played and Kula was never in contention. Only 2 players who did well from Sri Lanka, Malinga and Perera are playing again this year. Please look at records before saying that IPL will miss Sri Lankan players

  • JewelJoseph on March 28, 2014, 6:10 GMT

    Whoever be the culprits,owners or players,these accusations and revelations are a slap on the face of the ordinary cricket fan,who celebrates his team's wins and laments its losses,who goes to sleep imagining himself as dhonis,rainas,kohlis scoring the winning run,who is too blind with love for the game to see the dirty games behind the curtains.After all these happenings, he is still there,cheering for his heroes,hoping against hope that they are too great to cheat him.

  • Siddiee on March 28, 2014, 5:49 GMT

    SC has done the right thing. One can argue that the orders have come just days before the IPL starts but there is a process of moving a petition to SC as it attends the cases after they have been through lower courts.

    Players, Administrators and Fans are all affected by this controversy in some way or the other.

    No one can function without the support of the fans so it is of paramount importance to clean the system and make an effort to restore fans faith.

    Administrators and sponsors are seemingly worried about the revenues for this year but what if they lose fans in general with the controversy around ? I think there is still scope for IPL to become an even bigger tournament and for that the foundation needs to be strong.

    Its hard on players but that is the way it goes in every job. employees have to pay for employers decisions and mistakes.

    SC has done the right thing and that may not make all concerned happy but it is the time to go through short term pain for long term gain

  • SLisBestinEarth on March 28, 2014, 5:47 GMT

    First of all, This year IPL would be huge flop. Without Srilankan gaints Angelo, Mahela, Sanga,Mendis,Kula & others UK gaints Bell, Cook, Anderson & others quality of the matches will come down... I hope other parts of world also will not like this year IPL. "Sri Lanka" is second most favourite nation for all neutral fans. Australia understood this and have taken lankans in Big Bash as WI's in CPL.

  • on March 28, 2014, 5:46 GMT

    @joe sunny.. please read my prvious comments time is too close? then why it was left to be undone this faar? its been almost a year..why there was such a delay? and if thats this much close ipl7 should be shut down and loss to franchises should be bore by BCCI for not taking quick decision when the scandal was revealed it will be great if key indian players get rest and prepare before upcoming Englaand tour instead of getting injured in IPL

  • Mr_ICC on March 28, 2014, 5:46 GMT

    I dnt know why people want IPL to go :-( In my country no one know cricket but after IPL many watch cricket n follow it too. I can't explain how much i love IPL and many of dier players. Y people not see d postive side, soccer has many fixing but no one stops playing it. I also dont knw y people against Dhoni, i cant get it. :-( I never see player like him, i am sad if they close IPL and Dhoni plz dont go. I never watch cricket again if it happens

    #Esto #no #es #justo

  • Suggsy on March 28, 2014, 5:25 GMT

    @Joe Sunny, Your argument is completely invalid... With the dismissal of Pune Warriors and Tuskers, the players were not deprived of playing the tournament, they simply played for other teams... Now the time is too close to the IPL, and so suspending the teams will mean that the players will not be able to take part in the IPL whatsoever...

  • on March 28, 2014, 5:01 GMT

    its good that SC acts atleast now. It had the power and good that it showed atleast now. Its time to stop Politics in BCCI and throw out all politicians n people no way associated to cricket from it. When it came to CSK, BCCIs worry abt players and unnecessary concerns says it all. Why wasn't there any such concerns when they threw off Tuskers & Pune Warriors? Between why they planned to throw off Punjab, KKR & RR? Its seriously sad! Bring in experienced cricketers like Kapil Dev, Sunil Gavasker, J Sreenath etc to the board. Respect the game and its players in the right manner.

  • on March 28, 2014, 5:00 GMT

    As I posted yesterday, cricket and its players should not suffer due to the mistake of some owners. It will have huge impact on Indian Cricket. So CSK and RR should continue

  • DEEPROCKS22 on March 28, 2014, 7:54 GMT

    U lankan dont know anything about IPL. u better stay away..I m big fan of only Malinga from Srilanka..others I dont think to deserve that quality that can hurt popolarity of IPL the most famous T20 leage of earth.

  • on March 28, 2014, 7:51 GMT

    @SLisBestinEarth - All five Sri lankan players you mentioned were major letdown last year. Angelo and Sanga flopped as captain and removed by their teams. Mahela did ok. Mendis hardly played and Kula was never in contention. Only 2 players who did well from Sri Lanka, Malinga and Perera are playing again this year. Please look at records before saying that IPL will miss Sri Lankan players

  • JewelJoseph on March 28, 2014, 6:10 GMT

    Whoever be the culprits,owners or players,these accusations and revelations are a slap on the face of the ordinary cricket fan,who celebrates his team's wins and laments its losses,who goes to sleep imagining himself as dhonis,rainas,kohlis scoring the winning run,who is too blind with love for the game to see the dirty games behind the curtains.After all these happenings, he is still there,cheering for his heroes,hoping against hope that they are too great to cheat him.

  • Siddiee on March 28, 2014, 5:49 GMT

    SC has done the right thing. One can argue that the orders have come just days before the IPL starts but there is a process of moving a petition to SC as it attends the cases after they have been through lower courts.

    Players, Administrators and Fans are all affected by this controversy in some way or the other.

    No one can function without the support of the fans so it is of paramount importance to clean the system and make an effort to restore fans faith.

    Administrators and sponsors are seemingly worried about the revenues for this year but what if they lose fans in general with the controversy around ? I think there is still scope for IPL to become an even bigger tournament and for that the foundation needs to be strong.

    Its hard on players but that is the way it goes in every job. employees have to pay for employers decisions and mistakes.

    SC has done the right thing and that may not make all concerned happy but it is the time to go through short term pain for long term gain

  • SLisBestinEarth on March 28, 2014, 5:47 GMT

    First of all, This year IPL would be huge flop. Without Srilankan gaints Angelo, Mahela, Sanga,Mendis,Kula & others UK gaints Bell, Cook, Anderson & others quality of the matches will come down... I hope other parts of world also will not like this year IPL. "Sri Lanka" is second most favourite nation for all neutral fans. Australia understood this and have taken lankans in Big Bash as WI's in CPL.

  • on March 28, 2014, 5:46 GMT

    @joe sunny.. please read my prvious comments time is too close? then why it was left to be undone this faar? its been almost a year..why there was such a delay? and if thats this much close ipl7 should be shut down and loss to franchises should be bore by BCCI for not taking quick decision when the scandal was revealed it will be great if key indian players get rest and prepare before upcoming Englaand tour instead of getting injured in IPL

  • Mr_ICC on March 28, 2014, 5:46 GMT

    I dnt know why people want IPL to go :-( In my country no one know cricket but after IPL many watch cricket n follow it too. I can't explain how much i love IPL and many of dier players. Y people not see d postive side, soccer has many fixing but no one stops playing it. I also dont knw y people against Dhoni, i cant get it. :-( I never see player like him, i am sad if they close IPL and Dhoni plz dont go. I never watch cricket again if it happens

    #Esto #no #es #justo

  • Suggsy on March 28, 2014, 5:25 GMT

    @Joe Sunny, Your argument is completely invalid... With the dismissal of Pune Warriors and Tuskers, the players were not deprived of playing the tournament, they simply played for other teams... Now the time is too close to the IPL, and so suspending the teams will mean that the players will not be able to take part in the IPL whatsoever...

  • on March 28, 2014, 5:01 GMT

    its good that SC acts atleast now. It had the power and good that it showed atleast now. Its time to stop Politics in BCCI and throw out all politicians n people no way associated to cricket from it. When it came to CSK, BCCIs worry abt players and unnecessary concerns says it all. Why wasn't there any such concerns when they threw off Tuskers & Pune Warriors? Between why they planned to throw off Punjab, KKR & RR? Its seriously sad! Bring in experienced cricketers like Kapil Dev, Sunil Gavasker, J Sreenath etc to the board. Respect the game and its players in the right manner.

  • on March 28, 2014, 5:00 GMT

    As I posted yesterday, cricket and its players should not suffer due to the mistake of some owners. It will have huge impact on Indian Cricket. So CSK and RR should continue

  • on March 28, 2014, 4:57 GMT

    I think these 3 proposals are the best one by the apex court, to maintain dignity of Indian cricket it is mandotary and also these prosp. should be converted into final orders by SC even if BCCI accepts or not.

  • Sagar543 on March 28, 2014, 4:50 GMT

    BCCI is saying like they will die for the players benifits.The have not cared about the terminated kochi,pune franchises indian domestic players who never played again for any other franchises . Previously they banned ICL players also.Clearly CSK is more equal than other teams.If the issue was with only RR,BCCI must have terminated them by this time.

  • landl47 on March 28, 2014, 4:38 GMT

    Since the players are only there for the money, and most of them earn a good living for the other 46 weeks of the year, I'm not too upset on their behalf if the result is to clean up the IPL.

  • vj3478 on March 28, 2014, 4:16 GMT

    It would be a short term benefit if the court considers the players plight and let RR and CSK play in the IPL. It is THE chance to clean up Indian cricket and if we let this go, then no player/official would ever be worried about betting/corruption. If BCCI is really worried about the players, they can exempt the rules on spending limit/number of players per team for this year. Its very hard to believe BCCI every worried abt players considering their acts!

  • on March 28, 2014, 4:15 GMT

    @Dhananjay Sarpotdar you are spot on mate

  • on March 28, 2014, 4:14 GMT

    IPL over the years has been a platform for many players to prove their calibre and potential by competing against international players.Suspending two teams will not solve the purpose.What definitely the need of the hour is more transparency and stricter laws to restore people's faith in the game.This has been one horrendous episode in indian cricket.Hope Supreme court reconsiders its decision

  • ACrickLover on March 28, 2014, 4:11 GMT

    I have not seen a lucky cricket captain like doni ever before. The moment he is the captain everything falls in place for him, tosses he will win, the off form players always come to form when he is the captain, fielders run out and hold on to catches consistently, umpiring decisions will go in favor of him, in-form opposition team players dramatically lose their form etc etc etc etc. And I am sure today his team and he himself will perform very well and again save some face from the controversies he is facing back in india. Unlucky batsman & unlucky captain like Sachin was exactly opposite to doni, sachin will always perform bad in crucial games, he will rarely win crucial tosses, umpiring decisions commonly go against him, his batsmen, bowlers and fielders were mysteriously losing form when it mattered most.

  • on March 28, 2014, 3:55 GMT

    I said from the beginning that why BCCI gave go ahead to IPL but not ICL of Kapil Dev. This has fired back on BCCI.Now I hope they learn their lessons and not jump on money making.

  • on March 28, 2014, 3:35 GMT

    Wow!!! This is Epic... I'm enjoying this controversy :D

  • nkoch on March 28, 2014, 3:35 GMT

    No one sees players Plight here. It's not like they're making minimum wages and their families will suffer if there is no IPL for a year. This is no different than you working for a company and it laying you off or going belly up. It does not make financial sense for the country, though.

  • SR_SAJJAD on March 28, 2014, 3:30 GMT

    It is more complicated than Pervaiz Musharraf Trial in Pakistan

  • on March 28, 2014, 3:03 GMT

    what will happen to the players? this question should have been solved before right after 2013 IPL. both the teams should have been sacked before the auction. ...so there wuldnt have been such an issue

  • hayagriva on March 28, 2014, 2:45 GMT

    What I find most intriguing in all of this drama is the timing of it. The world T20 is going on and the boat called Indian cricket is being rocked!!!! If India wins despite of these contraversies, truly the players deserve to be commended. At the same time for the Indian cricket fan it would be the best gift if India wins the cup... Their faith in the beautiful game will indeed be restored!!!

  • on March 28, 2014, 2:36 GMT

    How come BCCI didn't notice players plight when they terminated Kochi Tuskers and Pune Warriors ? Also they were on the verge of cancelling candidature of RR & KXIP some seasons back also, which the owners of those teams saved by the skin of their teeth. All 4 teams above had the common thread i.e. the team owners/management had failed to comply by the rules in some manner. So if this time, RR & CSK are not allowed to play, blame the CSK owners and guilty RR owner & players. It's not that players couldn't earn their livelihood when IPL wasn't there. It's not as if players were struggling to feed hand to mouth earlier. It's only that they are better off with an IPL contract. They can always fall back on International cricket, domestic cricket & other franchisee cricket to get paid. If BCCI is so much worried about a curtailed IPL, they shouldn't hold IPL at all. With the insane amount of money they earn, they are capable of taking the financial hit. It's for the betterment of cricket.

  • on March 28, 2014, 2:35 GMT

    I dont care if we loose sponsorship or some other things.. cricket image should be clear..if we cant play with 6 teams means ban this yr IPL..

  • on March 28, 2014, 2:28 GMT

    The irony of it all! BCCI politicos want to rule the world and are getting kicked in their teeth for the extreme bad management at home! Excellent work by SC but hope that it does bring positive long term changes to the bcci structure rather than peacemeal efforts

  • on March 28, 2014, 2:28 GMT

    Most of the players are not guilty. They should not suffer for no fault of theirs. Suspending CSR & RR has serious implications to the players. The guilty players should be punished; not the others. The fans also should not be 'punished' for no fault of theirs. The owners, their relatives, close friends , employees, and associates who indulged in fraudulent practices should be.

  • sray23 on March 28, 2014, 2:27 GMT

    Suspend RR and CSK. They players will not suffer. The international players are already millionaires and the Indian Ranji players these days get plentiful to make a decent living. The IPL does not give them much other than a TV platform and even more money - they can do without that for one year. And also, another opinion is that "the vast majority of players are honest". How do we know exactly?? Given what these team owners have been up to and the influence they have in their franchises, it would come as no surprise if the vast majority of players from both these teams were completely dishonest...

  • NikSaid on March 28, 2014, 2:15 GMT

    Who are BCCI fooling. Simple solution is to award win with a 0.00 NRR to all teams scheduled to play CSK and RR. Also since it is YOUR fault, you take the financial burden and PAY FULL to 'clean' players till a workable solution is found before 2015 IPL. IT IS AS SIMPLE.

  • gdalvi on March 28, 2014, 2:08 GMT

    In business, due to greed to corporate/stock-market big-wigs, we have seen millions of share-holders getting scammed (Bernie Mac, Enron, Lehman Bros) and yet no one cares about their plights. People have even committed suicides - for no fault of them. Yet now we are asked to feel for plight of these 50-odd cricketers. I don't think it is possible that fraud took place in vacuum. I suspect many of these players were approached and few took the bait. Why didn't these players report the abuse? I think best option is suspend CSK and RR - and instead create 1-2 additional teams in vast populated regions of country which do not have IPL representation (UP/Bihar/MP/Gujrat). Alternately - we can actually ask Nepal and Afghan teams to play (may be Netherlands/Irelands also). The conspirators must know that greed of few is not stopping IPL, not now nor in future. Please publish.

  • on March 28, 2014, 2:07 GMT

    Is BCCI above the Government of India or supreme Court of India. I don't think BCCI is anything but a club of politicians and businessmen, who know nothing about cricket but a strong tool to make money. Why can't a cricket player lead it, while it has been happening in other boards. Even the regional boards are same. They also have local political leaders in decision making positions. And these leading people in BCCI are now making ICC a puppet to create a scenario which has been tarnishing Indian image of the global level.

  • on March 28, 2014, 2:07 GMT

    So the BCCI wants to argue the case about the players who would be affected. Bit late to be concerned about player welfare. if there are problems with these two teams, suspend them. The players would be able to take legal action against their team for breach of contract if they did not pay them. it's a complete furphy to now talk about player protection. If IPL has to play with only six teams, so be it.

  • A.Sarkar17 on March 28, 2014, 1:37 GMT

    I find it strange that BCCI has suddenly got worried about the fate of the 50 odd players and their likely financial loss if the 2 teams are banned. Isn't is also unfair when so many players, some of then top flight players remain unsold or get small purses in the auction while some mediocre domestic players are making astronomical sums. If that is luck of the draw then this is also luck of the draw to be picked up by tainted teams. The really competent players will not be starving by missing the IPL for 1 year. It s far more important to restore the faith of cricket lovers and go for a thorough overall than continue the ostrich like response of all actively associated with cricket who still don't seem to notice the beating the game is taking and bury their head in cash!

  • on March 28, 2014, 1:13 GMT

    what will happen to the players? this question should have been solved before right after 2013 IPL. both the teams should have been sacked before the auction. ...so there wuldnt have been such an issue

  • on March 28, 2014, 0:50 GMT

    What was the player's plight a few years ago when there was no IPL? I am sure the superstar's livelihood will not be affected. They have already made enough money for future generations. Boohoo, if Dhoni is not able to purchase a couple of more superbikes from the earnings of this IPL. If the BCCI is really concerned about the lesser players, I am sure they have enough money in their coffers to compensate them if they do not play. At no cost should CSK be allowed to play with so much mess.

  • class9ryan on March 28, 2014, 0:20 GMT

    Also the fans I guess, you wanna see the best players playing. IPL is as wonderful a tournament as improperly its mismanaged. I would love a well managed IPL in the future.

  • sanath100 on March 28, 2014, 0:02 GMT

    Indian Cricket and IPL has been dismantled. It will be a great for Indian cricket if Judge makes a brave decision in Terminating IPL 7 tomorrow and punish MS Dhoni.

  • on March 27, 2014, 23:58 GMT

    Yes, hopefully CSK and RR won't be suspended. Everybody hates a team to be suspended. I personally don't think CSK neither RR deserves to be suspended. Only the people who did the crime are worthy of punishment. Hence in this case its only the owners of the two franchise, so why suspend the whole team just change hands to a different owner. Or for one season let the BCCI control these two franchises. It makes no sense to suspend them.

  • on March 27, 2014, 23:44 GMT

    It should be either dravid or gavaskar coz they are the only two people who don't like favouritism in d team selection. They are the only guys who appreciate talent and can also intervene in team selection, which is of d utmost priority.

  • wolf777 on March 27, 2014, 23:15 GMT

    The best course would be to suspend team owners. No point in punishing players here. Owners of CSK and RR should forced to sell their interest to an unrelated third party. Players are innocent for the most parts and it would be unfair to punish them for the sins of the owners.

  • on March 27, 2014, 22:23 GMT

    Long awaited issue Supreme Court has done an excellent job Sri Nawsan should go and the whole IPL should be suspended pending enquiry

    Javed

  • on March 27, 2014, 22:19 GMT

    Should follow what court says. We are always looking for shortcuts. Law should prevail everything.

  • on March 27, 2014, 21:34 GMT

    People deserve to know the truth, But the judges should consider the impact on players. May be they can cancel CSK and RR's franchise so that some one else buy them. CSK and RR both consist of good players. IPL will loose something , if these two teams aren't there. Halla bol and Whistle podu , for the players . They have been entertaining us right from the first season.

  • on March 27, 2014, 21:32 GMT

    I dont like this argument that "Srini is best placed to decide on his future". He is not and that is what the court is saying. How stupid can you be not see the writing on the wall? I have seen similar arguments about SRT's retirement few months ago. Common grow up and move on with life. Game is bigger than any individual

  • on March 27, 2014, 21:31 GMT

    Include Two teams from Pakistan Karachi dolphins and Lahore eagles :)

  • on March 27, 2014, 21:24 GMT

    Gavaskar heading the BCCI willl be exactly the same as Jayasuriya heading SLC. And enough of the north indians' general jealousy towards the south.. prepare for a boycott of the ipl from the south and more important, prepare for a landslide in indian cricket ..

  • on March 27, 2014, 21:22 GMT

    It is absolutely crazy for BCCI to point out all these problems of logistics and the players etc. It is like there is a Tsunami in the Indian Ocean and the BCCI is saying, "where do I park my helicopter"? Wake up boys and grow. If the Supreme Court suggests you to appoint Gavaskar or anybody else for that matter, just do it. By even a hint of telling that it is the violation of BCCI bylaws, it just surfaces BCCI attitude towards the Supreme Court et al. Very cocky and very callous!

  • Presynaras on March 27, 2014, 21:00 GMT

    I hope SC allows both teams to participate in this year's IPL and then weed out the corrupt individuals from both teams as the probe continues in the coming months. If all the owners of the two franchises are found to be guilty, then the two teams with their players and coaching staff intact, as well as the names Chennai and Rajasthan on them could be re-auctioned post this ipl and handed over to more worthy, cleaner companies. This way IPL won't be affected, fans of the teams won't be heart-broken, sponsors and broadcasters wont endure losses and at the same time Indian cricket can be cleaned up. That is the fair way to go to please all parties.

  • madras_boy on March 27, 2014, 20:53 GMT

    Supreme Court must also consider the fact that India Cements have given a lot to Indian Cricket since olden days. It was only after Srini that all cricket boards in the world are jealous of BCCI and the way Srini pulled the strings in the recent ICC meetings are evident. Srini had the guts to do these for BCCI. I am sure it is hard to replace him.

  • on March 27, 2014, 20:32 GMT

    Looks like the court has taken the view that since the franchisee managements have been crooked, they should be banned, which is a fair stand (remember the same managements have arranged for player suspensions for smaller crimes. Yes the franchisees if crooked should be suspended. Alongwith that, they should be required to pay the players as per contract - court should also add in some damages to cover the player's loss of earning MOM & other prize money due to the franchisees being crooked.

  • Anan3t on March 27, 2014, 20:29 GMT

    Better destroy the Mother-ship! Seal IPL!

  • RoBoBobster on March 27, 2014, 20:28 GMT

    bring back KKR and DC/PWI and give them these players. A new coach etc could be elected by the players if necessary, and just get new manager/owners

  • on March 27, 2014, 20:25 GMT

    So there constitution is non modifiable ? Is it not a body of cricketers why should it not be run by one of them instead of portly industrialist and politicians who I cannot imagine have even run a mile in their lives

  • Haleos on March 27, 2014, 20:21 GMT

    BCCI can afford to compensate those 50 odd players as this is their wrongdoing. Agree that the players may not be at fault. God knows why Srini is so adamant not to resign.

  • Haleos on March 27, 2014, 20:18 GMT

    Since when did they start thinking about players? They suspended the player who came honestly forward to reveal the corruption. Srini and co deserve to be sacked and so do RR and CSK. Players can be bought by new franchises.

  • on March 27, 2014, 20:12 GMT

    This is really absurd. If the team belongs to BCCI president, the plight of players has to be considered by the court??? Did BCCI ever think about players' plight when kochi was terminated???

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  • on March 27, 2014, 20:12 GMT

    This is really absurd. If the team belongs to BCCI president, the plight of players has to be considered by the court??? Did BCCI ever think about players' plight when kochi was terminated???

  • Haleos on March 27, 2014, 20:18 GMT

    Since when did they start thinking about players? They suspended the player who came honestly forward to reveal the corruption. Srini and co deserve to be sacked and so do RR and CSK. Players can be bought by new franchises.

  • Haleos on March 27, 2014, 20:21 GMT

    BCCI can afford to compensate those 50 odd players as this is their wrongdoing. Agree that the players may not be at fault. God knows why Srini is so adamant not to resign.

  • on March 27, 2014, 20:25 GMT

    So there constitution is non modifiable ? Is it not a body of cricketers why should it not be run by one of them instead of portly industrialist and politicians who I cannot imagine have even run a mile in their lives

  • RoBoBobster on March 27, 2014, 20:28 GMT

    bring back KKR and DC/PWI and give them these players. A new coach etc could be elected by the players if necessary, and just get new manager/owners

  • Anan3t on March 27, 2014, 20:29 GMT

    Better destroy the Mother-ship! Seal IPL!

  • on March 27, 2014, 20:32 GMT

    Looks like the court has taken the view that since the franchisee managements have been crooked, they should be banned, which is a fair stand (remember the same managements have arranged for player suspensions for smaller crimes. Yes the franchisees if crooked should be suspended. Alongwith that, they should be required to pay the players as per contract - court should also add in some damages to cover the player's loss of earning MOM & other prize money due to the franchisees being crooked.

  • madras_boy on March 27, 2014, 20:53 GMT

    Supreme Court must also consider the fact that India Cements have given a lot to Indian Cricket since olden days. It was only after Srini that all cricket boards in the world are jealous of BCCI and the way Srini pulled the strings in the recent ICC meetings are evident. Srini had the guts to do these for BCCI. I am sure it is hard to replace him.

  • Presynaras on March 27, 2014, 21:00 GMT

    I hope SC allows both teams to participate in this year's IPL and then weed out the corrupt individuals from both teams as the probe continues in the coming months. If all the owners of the two franchises are found to be guilty, then the two teams with their players and coaching staff intact, as well as the names Chennai and Rajasthan on them could be re-auctioned post this ipl and handed over to more worthy, cleaner companies. This way IPL won't be affected, fans of the teams won't be heart-broken, sponsors and broadcasters wont endure losses and at the same time Indian cricket can be cleaned up. That is the fair way to go to please all parties.

  • on March 27, 2014, 21:22 GMT

    It is absolutely crazy for BCCI to point out all these problems of logistics and the players etc. It is like there is a Tsunami in the Indian Ocean and the BCCI is saying, "where do I park my helicopter"? Wake up boys and grow. If the Supreme Court suggests you to appoint Gavaskar or anybody else for that matter, just do it. By even a hint of telling that it is the violation of BCCI bylaws, it just surfaces BCCI attitude towards the Supreme Court et al. Very cocky and very callous!