BCCI hails Gavaskar's appointment as interim chief

The Board of Control for Cricket in India on Friday welcomed the Supreme Court’s decision not to suspend the Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals from the IPL and said the order to make Sunil Gavaskar interim president was “acceptable” to the Board.

The Supreme Court ordered that Gavaskar should be made the interim president for managing affairs of IPL, while the senior most vice-president — Shivlal Yadav — should take care of the non-IPL affairs of the BCCI. Hailing the Supreme Court’s decision not to suspend Super Kings and Royals from IPL 7, BCCI Vice-President Rajeev Shukla said the order was in the best interest of the game and cricket fans.

“We have no objection to the Supreme Court order. The BCCI lawyers have also said that the order is acceptable. Even Mr Srinivasan had said through the lawyers that he is willing to step aside and after that what court decides will be acceptable to him,” Shukla said. “The good thing is that all eight teams will play in this year’s IPL. IPL will go on and there will be no hindrance.” Senior counsel Harish Salve had accused Indian captain MS Dhoni of being “guilty of corrupt practice” by lying before the Mudgal Committee on the role of the Srinivasan’s son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan in CSK.

But the BCCI defended Dhoni in the court and said he has been wrongly vilified by media. “It was not wise to drag Dhoni is this matter. He has nothing to do with it,” Shukla  said. 

Cricket Association of Bihar (CAB) secretary Aditya Verma, the petitioner in the case related to IPL corruption scandal, too was satisfied with the Supreme Court’s order. “I am very happy with the Supreme Court’s verdict. Now I am waiting for the final verdict,” he said. “It is good that one of the finest batsman and a legendary player like Gavaskar will handle IPL affairs. I am not against IPL. Being a cricketer myself I want cricket should not suffer and the league should go on,” Verma said.

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