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IPL spot-fixing scam: BCCI set to oppose Supreme Court, Sunil Gavaskar's appointment as interim president

Friday, 28 March 2014 - 9:50am IST | Place: New Delhi | Agency: ANI

  • N Srinivasan. AFP

With the Supreme Court likely to pronounce its order in a case related to the functioning of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and on the spot fixing controversy engulfing last year's sixth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) soon after its starts hearing various arguments from both sides at 10.30 a.m. on Friday, the BCCI is all set to oppose the apex court's three interim proposals, including the appointment of former Indian cricketer Sunil Gavaskar as interim president.

According to television channel reports, the BCCI might say that it has its own set of rules and has no place to accommodate an 'external' candidate like Gavaskar, a former Indian Test captain.

However, the BCCI's offer of N Srinivasan stepping aside, but not stepping down as president will continue to stand.

Levelling charges of conflict of interest against the current BCCI president N Srinivasan, the apex court had suggested on Thursday that Gavaskar could take over as interim president till the probe on Srinivasan's son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan for his involvement in betting during the IPL 2013 is completed.

The BCCI is also likely to put forth the point that it has ex-cricketers like Shivlal Yadav and Anil Kumble as members and they can take over, if required. It is also likely to argue that preventing Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals from participating in the seventh edition of the IPL could result in a fiscal loss of over Rs.400 crores.

Both IPL teams are being investigated for alleged corrupt practices.

According to the BCCI's constitution, Yadav, a former Test off-spinner from Hyderabad and one of the five vice-presidents, is the front-runner to be president if Srinivasan is removed. Yadav had chaired a meeting of the BCCI working committee in February, when Srinivasan opted out due to bereavement in the family.

According to Clause 15 (V) of BCCI's rules and regulations, "In case of vacancy occurring in the office of president by reason of death or by him being adjudged insolvent or by him being convicted in a criminal case by a competent Court or by resignation or otherwise, the honorary secretary shall within fifteen days convene a Special General Body Meeting to elect the president who shall be nominated by at least one full member from the zone which proposed the name of the president whose term was cut short prematurely. Such person who is so elected shall hold office till the next elections."

According to the reports, the Supreme Court wants either Gavaskar or Sourav Ganguly to take over as interim BCCI president. Gavaskar has said that he has informed the apex court of his current contractual obligations to various cricketing entities around the world, including the BCCI,but added that should the Supreme Court still feel that he is the right man for the temporary assignment, he would see it as a challenge and a huge honour, and accept the job as a duty. 

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