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Sunil Gavaskar vows to give his best shot as Interim president

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Sunil Gavaskar took over the reins form N Srinivasan as per Supreme Court’s suggestion © Getty Images

New Delhi: Mar 28, 2014

Handed over the reins of Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for Indian Premier League (IPL) 7 by the Supreme Court of India , interim president and former Indian captain Sunil Gavaskar said he will “give it his best shot” while discharging duties during the cash-rich T20 league.

“I am deeply humbled and honoured that the Honourable Supreme Court of India has entrusted me with the job of being the Interim President of the BCCI till the end of IPL 7. Like with my cricket, I will give it my best shot,” Gavaskar said in a statement.

The apex court gave charge to Gavaskar for functions concerning the IPL and did not bar the N Srinivasan-promoted Chennai Super kings (CSK) and Rajasthan Royals from participating in the seventh edition of the tournament.

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Taking the cricket board out of incumbent Srinivasan’s hands, the Court directed that the senior most vice president of the Board, Shivlal Yadav, will be looking after the affairs of BCCI.

A bench of justices A K Patnaik and F M Ibrahim Kalifulla, which had Thursday proposed barring CSK and RR in the tournament, however, refused to pass order in this regard allowing them to play the matches along with six other teams in the tournament beginning April 16 in Dubai.

The bench also said that Gavaskar will have to get out of the contract with BCCI for commentary in order to discharge the duty assigned by the court. It also directed BCCI to adequately compensate the veteran cricketer.

Shivlal Yadav, who will look after all non-IPL affairs of the BCCI, has also vowed to give his best. “I am quite happy to hear the news that I will be looking after cricket affairs after the IPL. I will try to do my best,” he said.

Yadav, however, refused to comment anything on the scandal-hit IPL.

“I don’t want to talk about it as the Supreme Court has given specific order that the IPL part will be with Gavaskar.”

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