‘I am not linked to BCCI administration,’ says Sunil Gavaskar

Indian cricket legend Sunil Gavaskar made it clear that he is “not connected in anyway” with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) administration, after the Supreme Court on Wednesday observed that players and officials having commercial interests should stay away from game’s administration.

Appearing for the BCCI, senior advocate CA Sundaram submitted the names of Gavaskar, Sourav Ganguly, Ravi Shastri, Anil Kumble and few others, and said that they too have commercial interests in the Indian Premier League (IPL).

Speaking to NDTV, Gavaskar said, “I was not in court today and I am not aware about the nature of the argument. But I must clarify that I am not in any way connected with the BCCI administration. The last administrative post that I had was the chairmanship of technical committee back in 2008 or 09. I have not been in any committee since then.”

“It was on the directive of the Honourable Supreme Court that I was appointed the interim chairman of IPL. After that I haven’t had anything to do with BCCI administration.”

Questioned on being in IPL Governing Council, Gavaskar further defended himself, “All I can say is that mine was an appointment and not that I had to fight an election to get into the Governing Council.”

Gavaskar evaded other questions on why BCCI dragged his name and said that it will only be fair to comment when Supreme Court gives the final verdict, and so far what they have given are “observations”.