Sunil Gavaskar to take charge of IPL 2014
Supreme Court of India has appointed the cricket legend Sunil Gavaskar to be the interim working President of BCCI for the period till next judgment on betting allegations.
Following investigations of spot fixing and illegal betting in last year’s season of IPL matches, two out of the eight team’s players were probed on serious charges of deliberately ill-performing on the field. However the court has allowed to for these teams to participate in this year’s series of matches too. But the panel of judges said that these teams should have been barred for this season’s eight team tournament to be played in Abu Dhabi next month.
“We told the court that at this juncture, especially since everything is unverified, we could not stop any team in playing in the IPL,” CA Sundaram, board’s lawyers informed the reporters after the hearing. Adding, “It would have affected the tournament as well as millions of cricket-loving public. We are very happy that the court has not passed any order that would have interrupted the tournament.”
An announcement from a panel of judges came on Thursday, following three days of warning to Srinivasan they would order him to stand aside if he still wishes to continue to hold the position. While there has been no immediate reaction of Srinivasan on the Supreme Court’s move, CA Sundaram, Board’s lawyer informed that Srinivasan is willing to co-operate in the investigations by stepping aside for the time being.
Last year’s season has been embroiled in the allegations of betting and match-fixing against Srinivasan’s son-in-law, Gurunath Meiyappan, former team principal of the team Chennai Super Kings owned by Indian Cements where N. Srinivasan is Vice Chairman and Managing Director.
The panel said, “Considering the fact that Mr. Sunil Gavaskar was a cricket player of great repute and eminence, a captain of the Indian cricket team and has wide experience in cricket-related activities, we appoint him president of the BCCI in relation to IPL 2014.”
– YS Subramaniam