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Indian court proposes Gavaskar as cricket boss

March 27, 2014

NEW DELHI (AP) — The immediate future of key international cricket powerbroker Narayanaswami Srinivasan could be decided Friday in India’s Supreme Court.

Judges in the court have proposed test great Sunil Gavaskar as a temporary replacement for Srinivasan to lead the Board of Control of Cricket in India until the completion of an investigation into corruption in a domestic Twenty20 league. Srinivasan heads the BCCI and is the chairman-designate of the International Cricket Council.

Gavaskar, a former India captain and TV cricket analyst, said he would be happy to take up the job.

“It will be a huge honor that the Supreme Court feels I will be good enough to do the job. But we will have to wait and watch until tomorrow in which direction it goes,” the Press Trust of India news agency quoted Gavaskar as saying.

The court also proposed Thursday that the Chennai Super Kings and the Rajasthan Royals be suspended from the next Indian Premier League tournament beginning next month, and that officials of India Cements, a company that owns the Chennai Super Kings and is led by Srinivasan, be barred from holding executive positions on the national cricket board.

Srinivasan has been urged by the court to stand down so a transparent inquiry into spot-fixing in last season’s IPL can be conducted. Earlier this week, a Supreme Court judge said Srinivasan remaining in charge of the BCCI could hamper the investigation which involves his son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan, who was indicted last month on charges of betting and passing on information to illegal bookmakers.

Srinivasan did not accept a court suggestion that he voluntarily stand down as BCCI chief.

The corruption controversy erupted last year after several players, including test paceman Shantakumaran Sreesanth, were arrested by Indian police for spot fixing — or conceding a specified number of runs in exchange for money from bookmakers.

Srinivasan’s position on the BCCI has been considered untenable since a three-member committee, headed by Justice Mukul Mudgal, found Chennai Super Kings team principal Meiyappan guilty of being in contact with illegal bookmakers in its report forwarded to the Supreme Court.

Srinivasan said that Meiyappan was “just a cricket enthusiast” even though he was seen regularly at players’ auctions and in the team dugout.

Meiyappan spent two weeks in jail last year before being granted bail.

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