Sunil Gavaskar appointed as the new interim BCCI chief

The Supreme Court of India has appointed the cricket legend Sunil Gavaskar as the interim head of the BBCI , the country’s cricket board.

Mr.N.Srinivasan, who was the BCCI Chief, was asked to leave the post during a probe into spotfixing and illegal betting in Indian Premier League.

Mr.Srinivasan who is also the owner of Chennai Super kIngs and is regarded as the world’s most powerful administrator.

However it was not immediately clear if Gavaskar would stay on beyond the tournament which begins next month, with a lawyer for the BCCI saying only a current board member could take over on a permanent basis.

There was no immediate reaction from Gavaskar to Friday’s announcement but he has already indicated that he is willing to take on the task of leading the most powerful body in world cricket.

The court said Mr Gavaskar would have to stop his work as a TV commentator to avoid any conflict of interest, adding that he would have to be “adequately compensated” by the cricket board for loss of earnings.

Sunil Gavaskar

Sunil Gavaskar

The top court said on Friday that Mr Gavaskar would be appointed the “interim working president” of the Board of Control for
Cricket in India (BCCI), and that he would also be in charge for the new season of the Indian Premier League (IPL), which begins on 16 April.

However, Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals , which were banned earlier from playing would be allowed to take part in this year’s IPL. Earlier, the court had suspended both the teams from the eight team tournament.

The IPL is considered to be the world’s showcase for Twenty20 cricket. Top Indian and international players take part, contributing to what is the world’s richest cricket tournament.

Sharanya Bharathwaj