New Delhi: The Supreme Court installed batting legend Sunil Gavaskar as the interim head of India's troubled Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Friday in place of the scandal-tainted incumbent N. Srinivasan.
Gavaskar would be made "interim working president" of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), the court said, adding that the appointment would place him in overall charge of the upcoming edition of the annual Indian Premier League (IPL) which begins next month.
Sunil Gavaskar. Pic/ AFP
The court said that Gavaskar would have to cease his work as a television commentator to avoid any conflict of interest, adding that the BCCI must "adequately compensate" Gavaskar for loss of earnings as a result.
Meanwhile, the rest of the functions of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) would be discharged by its senior most vice president, Shivlal Yadav
The court also said that the Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals -- two teams at the centre of investigations into illegal betting and spot-fixing -- would be allowed to take part in this year's Indian Premier League (IPL 7).
Supreme Court also stated that Sunil Gavaskar will decide whether Sundar Raman, CEO of IPL, shall continue or some other person has to be engaged.
The BCCI had stated to the Supreme Court that Mahendra Singh Dhoni never made a statement that Gurunath Meiyappan was just a cricket enthusiast.
Supreme Court also refused to pass any order for allowing N. Srinivasan to participate in activities of ICC.
The Supreme Court also barred all those associated with Srinivasan's India Cements company from functioning in BCCI.
Judges had said on Thursday that both sides should be barred from the eight-team tournament which is to start in Abu Dhabi on April 16.
Justice Mukul Mudgal, who headed the probe committee which conducted investigation into the IPL scandal, today described the Supreme Court's interim order as "balanced" and in "best interest of Indian cricket".
"I expected nothing else. It was a very balanced order by the Supreme Court. It balances the interest of administration, purity of the game and interest of the players, team and Indian cricket and also the cricket loving people of the county. I am sure it will go a long way in improving Indian cricket," said Mudgal.
Mudgal welcomed the decision and said: "If an expert cricketer, intelligent and educated person like Gavaskar is selected than nothing better than that. "Gavaskar was an outstanding cricketer, best that India has produced. He was India captain, an expert and commentator, though his hands were tied because of the BCCI contract. "He knows the working of cricket intimately and it is good for the game and one of the qualities of Gavaskar is his ability to stand up against white supremacy that existed. So he is a very good choice," he said.
Asked about Dhoni, Mudgal told Times Now: "The decision which Supreme Court will take on April 16 will be crucial but I don't know whether Dhoni's career hinges on it. Only one deposition is involved before us. So we have to really wait for the verdict of the court."