Home > News >

Sunil Gavaskar, Shivlal Yadav toe the line of Vizzy

ICC-World-XI-Chairman-of-selectors,-Sunil-Gavaskar,-answers-questions-from-the-media-during-a-press-confer
Sunil Gavaskar was elevated to being BCCI president © Getty Images

Mumbai: Mar 28, 2014

In the long history of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) only one man, and that too because of his aristocratic background, had played Test cricket prior to becoming its president before Sunil Gavaskar and Shivlal Yadav were made Board presidents for Indian Premier League (IPL)-related and non-IPL-related functions respectively by the Supreme Court.

Maharajkumar of Vizianagaram, better known as ‘Vizzy’ and in whose name a junior cricket tournament is being run by the Board annually, was the first Test cricketer-turned-president who was at the helm of BCCI for two years —1954-55 and 1955-56.

Having bankrolled the 1932 inaugural tour of India to England, the colourful Vizzy was named its vice captain though he had limited ability as a cricketer but withdrew from the tour on health grounds.

But on the next visit four years later he was so influential that he was made the team’s captain and famously packed off Lala Amarnath back home midway citing “indiscipline”.

In all Vizzy played three Tests on the tour against a top team for a miserly tally of 33 runs at 8.25 per innings.

Overall he played 47 first class games scoring over 12,000 runs at a measly average of 18.60 per innings.

Full coverage of Supreme Court hearing on IPL 2013 spot-fixing and betting scandal

Vizzy, who described the game as a radio commentator later with his trademark expressions like ‘it’s going, going, gone all the way’, later became the Board’s eighth president.

Since then, though men like R P Mehra, Fatehsingrao Gaekwad and Raj Singh Dungarpur — who had played cricket at the first class level — rose up to the Board’s helm — no one with the experience of having played Test cricket donned the president’s hat till the appointment today by the apex court of Gavaskar and Yadav in a split presidentship.

Gavaskar, the first man to scale the Test batting everest of 10000 runs and 30 centuries mainly as opener, played in 125 Test matches in a glittering career betweeen 1971 and 1987.

The Mumbaikar was part of the World Cup winning team led by Kapil Dev in 1983 before becoming a TV expert and columnist on the game.

His former India mater, Yadav grabbed 102 wickets in 35 Tests between 1979 and 1987 with his wily off spin bowling and then donned the hat of a national selector and then a long-serving Board administrator.

They have become the 31st and 32nd presidents of the Board since its inception in 1928-29.

Pakistan vs Australia in UAE, 2014

Oct 30, 2014 (11:30 IST)   at Abu Dhabi

Sri Lanka tour of India, 2014

Nov 2, 2014 (13:30 IST)   at Cuttack

Zimbabwe tour of Bangladesh, 2014

Nov 3, 2014 (09:00 IST)   at Khulna

South Africa tour of Australia, 2014

Nov 5, 2014 (14:05 IST)   at Adelaide

Sri Lanka tour of India, 2014

Nov 6, 2014 (13:30 IST)   at Ahmedabad

More

West Indies tour of India, 2014

Nov 15, 2014  at Ahmedabad

Match cancelled

West Indies tour of India, 2014

Nov 7, 2014  at Bengaluru

Match cancelled

West Indies tour of India, 2014

Oct 30, 2014  at Hyderabad

Match cancelled

South Africa tour of New Zealand, 2014

Oct 27, 2014  at Hamilton

No result

Zimbabwe tour of Bangladesh, 2014

Oct 25, 2014  at Dhaka

Bangladesh won by 3 wkts

Photos

Pakistan vs Australia, 2nd Test

Videos

Tendulkar provides teaser on upcoming book

Pakistan vs Australia 2014: Younis Khan’s double ton puts Pakistan on top against Australia at stumps on Day 2 of 2nd Test

Duleep Trophy 2014-15 final: Central Zone 214/4 at stumps; lead by 111 runs

Yuvraj Singh — have we seen the last of the man who won India three World Cups?

Younis Khan continues piling up records for Pakistan

KL Rahul could be opening option for India’s tour to Australia

Australia Australia tour of UAE 2014 Australia vs Pakistan Australia vs Pakistan 2014 Central Zone Duleep Trophy Duleep Trophy 2014-15 India Pakistan Pakistan vs Australia Pakistan vs Australia 2014 South Zone South Zone vs Central Zone Sri Lanka Sri Lanka tour of India 2014

WICB officials should visit India to minimize damage: Andy Roberts

Younis Khan: I want to be remembered as team-man

ICC World Cup 2015: New Zealand prime minister urges Indian fans to attend the tournament

Mohammad Yousuf: Muttiah Muralitharan would not have been allowed to bowl under current ICC rules

Mohammad Azharuddin’s son included in UP One-Day squad for Vijay Hazare Trophy

Rohit Sharma looks to strengthen career after an inconsistent year

Younis Khan equals Javed Miandad’s record of most 150+ scores by Pakistan batsman

India vs Sri Lanka 2014: Manish Pandey showing signs of fulfilling potential

Yuvraj Singh — have we seen the last of the man who won India three World Cups?

Younis Khan continues piling up records for Pakistan

Fan of the Day

Niharika Shah

Niharika Shah

678 Posts | 6 Fans

Video Highlights: Younis Khan century during Pakistan vs Australia 1st Test at Dubai

India A vs Sri Lanka: Fringe players look to impress

NGOs pursue education for all

Dance Basanti from Ungli: Put on your dancing shoes and practice the Basanti move!

Weight Loss Tip #59: Eat oranges to lose weight

Sensex surges 150 points in early trade to regain 27,000-mark

PricewaterhouseCoopers partners Google to offer business solutions to clients

Google X Lab working on nanoparticles to help detect diseases early

Priyanka Chopra has the best no make-up selfie on Instagram, think fans!

Lisa Haydon: I slept off midway while watching the original Shaukeen!

International programme in Animal Husbandry

Also on cricketcountry.com

Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here