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N Srinivasan finds himself in the dock with his name mentioned in the IPL 2013 spot-fixing controversy by the Mudgal panel © Getty Images

The four names reported to be disclosed in the Justice Mudgal panel is finally a step forward legally in the process to clean-up the mess in Indian cricket and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). Abhijit Banare summarises the brief proceedings of the day and analyses what it means ahead of the next hearing in the Supreme Court on November 24.

Take a step back after the 30 minutes of hectic television reporting and it won’t be a big surprise to hear the names reported to be in the list of 13 submitted by the Mudgal panel to the Supreme Court. Rajasthan Royals co-owner Raj Kundra, International Cricket Council (ICC) Chairman N Srinivasan, his son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan have always been in the centre of the storm ever since the spot-fixing case broke out.

The only interesting but ignored part of the day’s development were the inadvertent revelation of the three cricketers. As reported by various sections in the media, the apex court revealed the names considering them to be team officials. With the Mudgal panel providing a detailed report, it’s a bit surprising that such an error occurred.

Legally, it’s a step forward in cleaning up Indian cricket but practically it still remains the same. If the four names reported above are indeed part of the 13 names disclosed in the panel, they are required to present in the apex court on November 24. It’s only when they appear and the proceedings move forward, there will be some significant steps taken.

Moreover, at this stage, it’s important to note that very little is revealed about what kind of evidence was found by the Mudgal panel during the course of the investigation — which is a critical part of the process forward.

Similarly, the petitioner in the case, Cricket Association of Bihar (CAB) secretary Aditya Verma’s started off with conflict of interest and dates back to his animosity against the board, its head Srinivasan.

The BCCI AGM: The board seems to be pushed to the corner. Given that the outcome of the election is supposed to be in one-man’s favour; who is in the centre of the storm, it is a tricky situation for the board. However, the key officials in the board would hardly be concerned about repeated adjournment of the Annual General Meeting (AGM) as it has more or less covered its bases on that front. And given that it enjoys confidence from majority of state associations, getting a candidate to act on behalf of someone won’t be a big problem either. The situation may not have been on the edge if the BCCI had ensured that the opportunity provided by SC to clean up the mess had been taken seriously.

What to look forward to on Nov 24

It would be interesting to see if the names of players in the list will be revealed. The SC has said that it would deal with the non-sportspersons first. Will they reveal any evidence gathered?

If the names of the players are revealed and any player involving Indian team is part of the list, would that affect the tour to Australia?

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(Abhijit Banare is a reporter at CricketCountry. He is an avid quizzer and loves to analyse and dig out interesting facts which allows him to learn something new every day. Apart from cricket he also likes to keep a sharp eye on Indian politics, and can be followed on @AbhijitVirgo)