Gavaskar named interim president of BCCI; IPL to go ahead as scheduled

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Gavaskar will take over Srinivasan’s duties

The Supreme Court of India has appointed legendary India batsman Sunil Gavaskar as the interim president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and announced that the Indian Premier League (IPL) will go ahead as scheduled.

The court also noted that Shivlal Yadav, who is the BCCI’s most senior vice-president, will take care of the board’s non-IPL duties.

The court added that no employees of India Cements can work at the BCCI, except if they are players or commentators.

“The BCCI president is like a guiding force as far as the IPL is concerned,” BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel said. “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 also stated that the BCCI need to make a decision on whether IPL CEO Sundar Raman should be allowed to hold his post or be made to step down.

“The only issue is whether Gavaskar would like the services of Sundar Raman,” Patel said. “That is what the court stated today,” Patel said.

Speaking about the future of Narayanaswami Srinivasan, BCCI counsel CA Sundaram said: “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.”

Sundaram added that he was pleased the Supreme Court had not suspended the 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,” he said. “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.”

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