Home > News >

Supreme Court set to order BCCI chief, N Srinivasan to quit

N Srinivasan's refusal to step down from his post has been termed by the Supreme Court as 'nauseating' © PTI
N Srinivasan’s refusal to step down from his post has been termed by the Supreme Court as ‘nauseating’ © PTI

New Delhi: Mar 27, 2014

The Supreme Court of India is expected to issue an order on Friday for the beleaguered Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) chief, N Srinivasan to quit, after proposing batting legend Sunil Gavaskar as his replacement over a betting scandal.

A two-judge panel has warned the BCCI that it will issue an order for Srinivasan’s dismissal on Friday after describing his refusal to quit so far as “nauseating”.

At a dramatic hearing in New Delhi on Thursday, a panel of judges also called for the banning of two teams from this year’s Indian Premier League (IPL), in a potentially devastating blow to a tournament which begins next month.

The judges also proposed that Gavaskar take over on an interim basis as president, a post the 64-year-old said he was willing to take on.

“As an opening batsman, you must be ready for all kinds of challenges,” said Gavaskar, the first player to score 10,000 runs in Test match cricket and who is now a TV commentator.

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

“I will do everything to the best of my abilities. If the highest court is reposing this faith in me, I’ll be very happy to do what they ask me to do,” he told NDTV.

Srinivasan’s counsel told the court his client was willing to “step aside” while an investigation into allegations of illegal betting and spot-fixing will continue.

But the judges have not been swayed by the proposal, aware that Srinivasan also stood aside last year before resuming his duties and then winning re-election.

The panel is looking at a damning report it commissioned into wrongdoing in last year’s tournament when former Test bowler Shanthakumaran Sreesanth was caught deliberately bowling badly while playing for the Rajasthan Royals in return for thousands of dollars from bookmakers.

Released in February, the report also concluded that Srinivasan’s son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan — who was the team principal of the Chennai Super Kings — could be guilty of illegal betting on IPL games.

The Super Kings are owned by India Cements, whose managing director is Srinivasan. The team is captained by India skipper, Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

In the light of the allegations involving the two teams, the judges said they should not be allowed to take part in this year’s tournament.

Such a ban would represent a massive blow to the eight-team IPL, which begins next month in the United Arab Emirates. The start of this year’s tournament has been relocated as India is holding a general election.

Srinivasan had been regarded as the most powerful man in world cricket and is still due to take over in July as head of the International Cricket Council.

With its massive TV audiences, India generates almost 70 percent of the game’s revenues and several of the smaller Test nations are heavily dependent on its largesse.

International news organisations, including Agence France-Presse (AFP), have suspended their on-field coverage of matches hosted by the BCCI since 2012 after the board imposed restrictions on picture agencies.

Zimbabwe Triangular Series, 2014

Sep 4, 2014 (13:00 IST)   at Harare

India tour of England 2014

Sep 5, 2014 (15:00 IST)   at Leeds

Bangladesh Tour of West Indies, 2014

Sep 5, 2014 (19:30 IST)   at Kingstown, St Vincent

Zimbabwe Triangular Series, 2014

Sep 6, 2014 (13:00 IST)   at Harare

India tour of England 2014

Sep 7, 2014 (19:30 IST)   at Birmingham

More

Zimbabwe Triangular Series, 2014

Sep 2, 2014  at Harare

Australia won by 62 runs

India tour of England 2014

Sep 2, 2014  at Birmingham

India won by 9 wkts

Zimbabwe Triangular Series, 2014

Aug 31, 2014  at Harare

Zimbabwe won by 3 wkts

Pakistan tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Aug 30, 2014  at Dambulla

SL won by 7 wkts (D/L method)

India tour of England 2014

Aug 30, 2014  at Nottingham

India won by 6 wkts

Photos

India vs England, 4th ODI at Edgbaston

Videos

Misbah disppointed with Pakistan's performance

Ajinkya Rahane, Shikhar Dhawan complete comprehensive series win for India with 9-wicket win in 4th ODI

Mitchell Marsh records highest strike rate in an ODI innings for Australia against South Africa

N Srinivasan faces a two-month wait as Mudgal commission prepares final report

Norman Gordon passes away at 103

Ishant Sharma: 10 facts you need to know about the towering Indian paceman

Australia Australia and South Africa in Zimbabwe 2014 Australia vs Zimbabwe England England vs India England vs India 2014 India India tour of England 2014 India vs England India vs England 2014 Pakistan South Africa Zimbabwe Zimbabwe Triangular Series 2014 Zimbabwe vs Australia Zimbabwe vs Australia 2014

Amitabh Bachchan lashes out at Indian cricket fans

Alastair Cook vows to stay on as England captain despite ODI series loss against India

Ajinkya Rahane becomes first Indian opener to score an ODI hundred against England in England

VVS Laxman congratulates India on winning ODI series against England

Michael Clarke hamstring injury: Scan reveals some damage

14 greatest upsets in ODIs — Part 1

Faf du Plessis shows his grit with twin tons against Australia in Zimbabwe Triangular Series

India’s ODI series triumphs outside Asia — a statistical review

Cricket in Columbia: Rest of the World XI beat India XI

Sachin Tendulkar’s Playing It My Way: What cricket lovers would expect from his autobiography

Fan of the Day

Suraj Gowda

Suraj Gowda

628 Posts | 7 Fans

Thilan Samaraweera finds an unusual way to get stumped

Hrithik Roshan not doing Hollywood film Step Up 6?

Amitabh Bachchan lashes out at Indian cricket fans

NGOs pursue education for all

Opera Mini returns to Windows Phone, starts taking signups for beta testing

14 greatest upsets in ODIs — Part 1

What is endometriosis?

International programme in Animal Husbandry

Apple confirms accounts of Hollywood celebrities were compromised to access nude photos, refutes iCloud breach

Latest Ebola News: Death toll in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) reaches 31

Obhrai Announces Canadian Support For Bangladesh

Also on cricketcountry.com

Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here