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SC moots Gavaskar as BCCI head

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Sunil Gavaskar: "That the Supreme Court, the highest court in the land, thought of me is a huge honour". File photo: K.R. Deepak

As interim measure until its final order on IPL scandal

The Supreme Court on Thursday suggested the appointment of the former India cricket captain, Sunil Gavaskar, as the interim president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to replace N. Srinivasan until its final order on the Indian Premier League spot-fixing and betting scandal.

A Bench of Justices A.K. Patnaik and Ibrahim Kalifulla gave this proposal after senior counsel T.R Andhyarujina, appearing for Mr. Srinivasan, informed the court that Mr. Srinivasan would not carry out his functions as president of the BCCI till the proposed inquiry was completed.

The Bench, after hearing the argument of senior counsel Harish Salve, appearing for the Cricket Association of Bihar, that tainted players be barred from playing in the IPL until their names are cleared, proposed barring Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Rajasthan Royals (RR) from playing the forthcoming seventh season of the IPL. It further said any person associated with Indian Cements, the owner of CSK franchise, should not be involved with the BCCI or the IPL. Senior counsel Aryama Sundaram, appearing for the BCCI, said if the two teams were not allowed to participate in the IPL, the entire format would have to be restructured. The Bench then told the counsel that he could respond to its proposals by Friday when it would pass an interim order.

Earlier, Mr. Salve, after going through the Justice Mukul Mudgal report on betting and spot fixing, argued that CSK should be suspended in the light of the allegations against Mr. Srinivasan’s son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan, who was said to be the team principal at the time of the occurrence of alleged spot-fixing and betting deals.

He pointed out that one of the co-owners of Rajasthan Royals, Mr. Raj Kundra, has been accused of indulging in betting and suspended from the franchise.

Mr. Salve referred to the deposition made by Indian skipper and captain of CSK, M.S. Dhoni before the Justice Mudgal panel and said he was guilty of corrupt conduct as he gave a false statement that Gurunath Meiyappan was only a cricket enthusiast.

The counsel alleged that Mr. Srinivasan was also guilty of corruption for the cover-up operation before the Mudgal panel, which clearly held that he had conflict of interest as he was wearing two hats, one as BCCI president and the other as the president of the CSK franchise, owned by Indian Cements.

Our Visakhapatnam correspondent adds:

A huge honour: Gavaskar

Legendary cricketer Sunil Gavaskar on Thursday said he was pleased that the Supreme Court considered him suitable for taking the helm of the Board of Control for Cricket in India on an interim basis. “That the Supreme Court, the highest court in the land, thought of me is a huge honour,” he said.

Mr. Gavaskar felt his purview might be brief. “There is no order. It’s only an observation at the moment, no finality to it yet.”

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Mr Srinivasan had to go not because of what his son-in-law did but
because of 2 other reasons:
1) He altered a BCCI/IPL rule of a BCCI official not owning a team -
a clear abuse of conflict-of-interest
2) In the first instance of IPL players being caught cheating (before
the recent event involving Sreesanth), he had asserted that the team
owners are honourable people and need not be investigated
What Mr Srinivasan, did is a mirror of what the politicians in power
have been doing openly for many years now. About time we start making
these people accountable.

from:  N. Mohan
Posted on: Mar 28, 2014 at 11:09 IST

@ t d kalidas , you mean you do not expect gavaskar to repeat what SRINIVASAN did for players like vijay,ashwin ? and ex-players like Lakxamn Siva ? (all of them are india cements employees ) : )

from:  Rahul G
Posted on: Mar 28, 2014 at 10:27 IST

Absolute nonsense from SC judges yet again! Why Gavaskar? Why not
Kapil Dev? Why not Amarnath? Why not Venkatraghavan? :o I dont
understand why/how judges are putting their foot in mouth. SC is
another khap panchayat - commenting and adjudicating beyond their reach.

from:  Raghuraman R
Posted on: Mar 28, 2014 at 10:21 IST

Time is ripe for the Union Government to take over the affairs of BCCI
through an ordinance.As Kirti Azad had remarked , the Government
takeover was necessary for “safeguarding the huge amount of BCCI money
that is unsafe in the hands of some selfish individuals, who have come
to seizing control of Indian cricket by employing dubious means”. All
the activities of BCCI should be made transparent and a new constitution
drafted to ensure that the game of Cricket does not lost in the gutters.

from:  Murali Raghavan
Posted on: Mar 28, 2014 at 10:02 IST

Now what I fail to understand is this - is not N. Srinivasan once again
"stepping aside" instead of "stepping down"? Stepping aside, was what
the apex court had found fault with in the first place - are we not back
to square one once again?

from:  Veeresh
Posted on: Mar 28, 2014 at 09:11 IST

Cricket making headline shows misplaced importance given by The Hindu and how
confused THE HINDU at times due to "popular" paradigmatic compulsions - imaginary
or otherwise.

from:  seshadri
Posted on: Mar 28, 2014 at 09:05 IST

Mr Gavaskar for BCCI chief? mm He failed as a Mumbai meyer. Can he
manage BCCI. Doubts?? Srinivasn directed the IPL money to NaMo. Now
congress is retaliating on him using his son in law and SC

from:  Shankar
Posted on: Mar 28, 2014 at 09:04 IST

I thought the court had said the new BCCI president should not be an
employee of Mr. N.Srinivasan!

from:  D.Subramanian
Posted on: Mar 28, 2014 at 08:54 IST

Also good for Rohan who could hope to move away from his present advent in to a profession for which he seems totally unequipped and move over as a Selector or a Manager or a Coach and the like!

from:  M.V.Muthu
Posted on: Mar 28, 2014 at 08:47 IST

Good sign for the Cricket Board if it is permanent to Mr Gavaskar till the next election comes to the Board instead Interim Board President. In the meantime, he may not show the benefit to Mumbai and
Maharashtra Cricket. He may act to listen board members commentand to take right decision to follow the board smooth function. Apart from
this the board president should take steps to run the Board functions
smoothly without having any politician involvement. Then only the board members and other ordinary members of the Cricket Associations will have the fear not to encourage the betting people within or without pepople circle. Hope, I wish Mr Sunil Gavaskar to succeed as
a great President Like Great Cricket player in his tenure. I wish
him good luck.

from:  a v raman
Posted on: Mar 28, 2014 at 08:44 IST

It will be like making the goat the gardener. Rs 6 lakhs cash was found
in Gavaskars locker in the CCI . What happened to that case.Supreme
court should not interfere in matters of sport. The appointment of
Gavasker appears to have done haste and without due consideration.
Kumble Or Dravid would have been better choices.Their record is clean
and blemish less.

from:  k i nair
Posted on: Mar 28, 2014 at 08:42 IST

With all due respect, is it the SC's remit to
make any such suggestion, or recommendation?
This is clearly a case of activist court
overreach. The SC should look at the 'woods'
of this matter, and not the 'bark'. This is an
unfortunate trend that will not, ever, serve
the country well at all!

from:  RAMGOPAL Dass
Posted on: Mar 28, 2014 at 08:30 IST

Supreme Court's next assignment - Appoint the Team Selection Committee
and Chairman. SC is going over board. The Hockey Federation in India is
rotting and the same SC has done nothing. So also the Indian Olympic
Committee [that consists of all the corrupt persons - Kalmadi, Baruah
etc]. Nowadays Supreme Court is not going by the Legal Books, more moral

from:  Hari
Posted on: Mar 28, 2014 at 08:24 IST

What a good judgement. SC is doing a great national service. Indeed our
parliament should never try to amend SC rulings. One hundred well
pondered stern orders can make this country the best.

from:  Vyas K Susarla
Posted on: Mar 28, 2014 at 08:18 IST

Gavaskar? Is he not the part of the family of Srini? The court might as
well have given the post to Meiyappan!

from:  A.Manimaran
Posted on: Mar 28, 2014 at 08:16 IST

The decision by SC to propose Sunny seems unprecedented. As a common
man, I expect that the apex court doles out justice and not be in the
business of nominating individuals to civilian managed bodies. I will
be happy if someone can point me to the statutes where a court has
rights to nominate specific people.

On a closing note - It is time we remove ourselves from this madness
called Cricket, God forgive our stupidity.


from:  Vijay
Posted on: Mar 28, 2014 at 07:52 IST

Supreme Court has erred in suggesting Gavaskar as the chairman of BCCI.He is the least qualified for the post,on even a temporary assignment..It should be a court monitered operation..

from:  K.Sugavanam
Posted on: Mar 28, 2014 at 07:31 IST

Gavaskar as chief of BCCI? What a joke? Till now he is under a lucrative
contract with this organization due to the benevolence of Mr.Srinivasan.
No one knows what happened to the inquiry regarding some cash in foreign
currency in a locker in his name. As a paid piper he has invariably been
playing the tune of BCCI; never known to any independent or impartial
view? Do we really want such an "independent, impartial" person to
wither the storm in BBCI's affairs? Let him hang on to his expert views
as a commentator. A man should rise only to the level of his
incompetence; not higher.

from:  K.Venkataraman
Posted on: Mar 28, 2014 at 07:03 IST

I am going to get some excercise; I will watch Cricket on TV and do some treadmilling. Or better
watch Cricket on TV and Cut vegetables.

from:  RAo B
Posted on: Mar 28, 2014 at 06:59 IST

This is atrocious!! How can SC recommend!! This is politics!! My due respects to Mr. Gavaskar and his contribution. But, as the BCCI is about to argue today, there are past players who are in BCCI like Shivlal Yadav who can take the mantle in this crisis hour. If Gavaskar takes over we will returning back to the ages when only players from the West of India playing for India. At least now we have a fair representation across India.

from:  Sivakumar
Posted on: Mar 28, 2014 at 06:46 IST

I wonder if the SC order is for selective hearing or to expose the guilty. Few years ago lot of foreign currency was taken from Gavaskar's bathroom and so on( Media published it with great fanfare) Nothing was known afterwards.Then why to hand over the keys of BCCI to him, Best option is to suspend the game and BCCI till the inquiry is over.

from:  v.sivasubramaniam
Posted on: Mar 28, 2014 at 06:44 IST

I see! Wonder who in Supreme court is in the pocket of Gavaskar!
Pretty pathetic that after all these years, we still have nobody capable to run BCCI except the old horse.

from:  Rob
Posted on: Mar 28, 2014 at 06:12 IST

Huge honour or Huge HUMOUR?

from:  Gunamani
Posted on: Mar 28, 2014 at 06:00 IST

This is a classic over reach by the Apex Court. What next? Will they take up day to day management of the BCCI? The court is set to uphold the constitution and interpret laws of the land but not to meddle in administration. It is sad to see the last bastion of sanity in the milieu of madness capsizing.

from:  Siva Sivasubramanian
Posted on: Mar 28, 2014 at 05:01 IST

As the previous reader said, the supreme court cannot pass executive orders. Also another thing, Court also telling that we will pass the order if the step down is not voluntary. No where "ORDERS" are not told that we will pass like this if my command is not obeyed. This is absolutely the violation of constitution and the matter should be refered to the higher size bench. The seriousness of the problem is understood, but court should be dealing things constituionally what is valid. Consider a case where Chief minister is under scanned on some corruption case, tomorrow, Court also can say that "I will appoint Person-X to Chief Minister post and can ask current person to step down". Rules have to be followed and finelines of execution and judiciary should be maintained. Courts are there to interpret laws and not write laws

from:  Vinoo
Posted on: Mar 28, 2014 at 03:39 IST

I have always admired the likes of Gavaskar, Kumble ,etc. for their cricketing skills. However, I have not heard any of them being critical of the way BCCI has been managed for decades. In fact, the likes of powerful politicians like Shukla and Jaitley have kept quite and allowed this mismanagement of this body. I would even go further to say that they would lose their parliamentary seats but not their places in BCCI. That is only because there in no democracy but just cronyism and sycophancy.

from:  Chandra
Posted on: Mar 28, 2014 at 03:10 IST

The Supreme Court has crossed its limits. It is very unfortunate
situation to see such a ruling and one day our Judiciary could snap our
Parliament power also. Very sad...

from:  STANLY
Posted on: Mar 28, 2014 at 01:38 IST

I am not against putting in Sunil Gavaskar as the HEAD of BCCI, but I don't think he can do a good job as Administrator. Things can get really biased if he continues for a long term. Good that it is only a "temporary" thing.

In my view, ideally they should find someone like a senior IAS official who understands cricket, to do this job.

from:  Ramesh
Posted on: Mar 28, 2014 at 01:33 IST

What was the crieteria for selecting BCCI president ?

Gavaskar is from Mumbai and close to the Mumbai Lobby headed by Sharad Pawar.

Further the court has no right to appoint interim BCCI president. It should instead appoint an observer until the case is disposed off.

If this is the yard stick, then why did the Supreme Court not ask Manmohan Singh to step aside and appoint an interim prime minister ?

from:  Ganapathi S
Posted on: Mar 28, 2014 at 01:28 IST

I will be delighted if Mr. Sunil Gavaskar is appointed BCCI Chairman. It is good for cricket and boots corruption.

from:  Tariq Ahmed
Posted on: Mar 28, 2014 at 01:28 IST

I am quite surprised why SC did not recommend Kapil Dev, who is the first captain to get India a WC!

from:  Mahesh
Posted on: Mar 28, 2014 at 01:25 IST

Would prefer NS to SG. Instead of SG would prefer ST [Sachin Tendulkar] instead. ST is a rajya sabha member. Why not BCCI chief. He has age on his side.

from:  Venkat
Posted on: Mar 28, 2014 at 01:14 IST

Sunil Gavaskar has a lot of professional dealings with BCCI and hence
not advisable to head the body.Instead some one who is clean and
straight and who can call spade a spade should be heading the BCCI so
that all the dirt can be dug out and exterminated.

from:  Binu IV
Posted on: Mar 28, 2014 at 00:51 IST

he is the guy.
I personally believe in him. He has given so much to sports and India.
I can't say if it's a good decision, only time will tell but I know one thing for sure India needs people like him more.

from:  sarvoday
Posted on: Mar 28, 2014 at 00:28 IST


"M.S. Dhoni before the Justice Mudgal panel and said he was guilty of corrupt conduct as he gave a false statement that Gurunath Meiyappan was only a cricket enthusiast"

from:  Satish
Posted on: Mar 28, 2014 at 00:25 IST

With utmost respect for the learned Justices of the SC, one still needs to state here with all
humility that the SC's area of expertise is Law, and not Cricket, or Sports Administration. The
SC should please stick to what it knows!
Gavaskar? Seriously?
Ban CSK and RR? And they claim to have the interest of Cricket in mind?
What next? Ban the Indian team from further participation in international cricket?
One hopes that better sense will prevail when they pass the order tomorrow.

from:  Anirudh Sriram
Posted on: Mar 27, 2014 at 23:46 IST

Supreme Court asking Sunil Gavaskar to takeoveer as BCCI Chief
temporarily, it is O Kay. I hope he will not resort to biased selection
of players especially from Mumbai and Maharastra.

from:  t d kalidas
Posted on: Mar 27, 2014 at 18:51 IST

I am surprised by this judgement. SC is supposed to pass an order on a corruption/mis-use of offcial capacity of the BCCI President. By proposing a name for the post sounds to me like that SC can also give Conduct Certificates now.

Ideal way to go is, give stringent punishment if found guilty for the BCCI president and set a date to elect a President until which the laws of the BCCI should be given due consideration.

Finally Gavaskar, I am not sure if he is the right candidate.

from:  Yuvaraj
Posted on: Mar 27, 2014 at 18:33 IST

The president can be any one who has got the ability to work for justice to cricket the gentle man game and its world of fans.He can be any outsider not associated with BCCI directly or indirectly to clean up not Mr Gavaskar to save cricket from the clutches of so called business Magnets of BCCI.

from:  santhanam
Posted on: Mar 27, 2014 at 18:29 IST

The Apex court has found out the Right person for the Right job. He will set the house in
order. Bouquets to the judiciary. Prayers for Sunil Gavaskar.

from:  C p Chandra das
Posted on: Mar 27, 2014 at 16:28 IST

We have to remember and appreciate Mr. Bernard Shaw's comment on Cricket: "Eleven fools; eleven thousand fools witness." Now "Eleven cricket mercenaries play; eleven thousand knaves watch." What is the pleasure? All hypocrisy? and humbug? The spirit of game lies in its fairness. Once that is condemned. All are fake euphoria.

from:  Louis S. Venugopal
Posted on: Mar 27, 2014 at 16:25 IST

Gavaskar as president?! Now Srini must be smiling. Gavaskar is part of
the system and has benefited from it. His conspiracy of silence last
year was a disservice to the game. and so is the silence of Sachin,
Dravid, Ganguly and Dhoni. Better to have a court monitored

from:  Ramasubramaniam
Posted on: Mar 27, 2014 at 16:02 IST

Don't know why but I am not getting a very good vibes from Gavaskar. He is after all has been given a lot of opportunity by the current BCCI Chairman. Perhaps someone with better administrative abilities should be asked to take up the job.

from:  Praveen
Posted on: Mar 27, 2014 at 15:55 IST
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