Mar 282014
I will give it my best shot, says Sunil Gavaskar

Sunil Gavaskar will be BCCI’s new boss replacing N Srinivasan after a Supreme Court directive said that no India Cements employee will hold any post in the Indian cricket board

Gavaskar to replace Srinivasan as BCCI chief – report

I will give it my best shot, says Sunil Gavaskar (© AFP)


Handed over the reins of BCCI for IPL-7 by the Supreme Court on Friday, interim president and former Indian captain Sunil Gavaskar said he will “give it his best shot” while discharging duties during the cash-rich T20 league.

“I am deeply humbled and honoured that the Honourable Supreme Court of India has entrusted me with the job of being the Interim President of the BCCI till the end of IPL 7. Like with my cricket, I will give it my best shot,” Gavaskar said in a statement.

The apex court today gave charge to Gavaskar for functions concerning the IPL and did not bar the N Srinivasan-promoted Chennai Super kings and Rajasthan Royals from participating in the seventh edition of the tournament.

Taking the cricket board out of incumbent Srinivasan’s hands, the Court directed that the senior most vice president of the Board, Shivlal Yadav, will be looking after the affairs of BCCI.

A bench of justices AK Patnaik and FM Ibrahim Kalifulla, which had yesterday proposed barring CSK and RR in the tournament, however, refused to pass order in this regard allowing them to play the matches along with six other teams in the tournament beginning April 16 in Dubai.

The bench also said that Gavaskar will have to get out of the contract with BCCI for commentary in order to discharge the duty assigned by the court. It also directed BCCI to adequately compensate the veteran cricketer.

Mar 282014
Ex-cricketers welcome Gavaskar's elevation

Former cricketers Chandu Borde, Ajit Wadekar and Kiran More said Gavaskar’s selection would bring in more transparency in the game and improve IPL’s image

Ex-cricketers welcome Gavaskar's elevation (© Reuters)


Mumbai: Former Test stalwarts Chandu Borde, Ajit Wadekar and Kiran More hailed Friday’s order of the Supreme Court to make Sunil Gavaskar as the president of the BCCI for IPL affairs as beneficial to the image of the T20 League which is under a cloud following last season’s spot-fixing and betting scandal.

“This is a very good thing that the Supreme Court has done. It’s a great opportunity to the cricketers as cricket would be given priority in IPL whose image has taken quite a beating because of the allegations of betting, match fixing etc,” said Borde from Pune.

“Gavaskar is a man known for playing with the straight bat. There will be a lot of transparency under his guidance. He is known to have his own mind and I don’t think anyone would dare to indulge in corrupt practices with him at the helm,” said the 79-year-old Borde.

“In the past cricket and cricketers were pushed to the background in IPL with dancing girls (cheerleaders) being given more importance. This will not happen now,” he added.

Wadekar, under whom Gavaskar made a sensational debut in the historic 1971 Test series in the West Indies, also said it would be good to see a top cricketer at the helm of the Board’s affairs.

“Glad that a legend like Gavaskar has been given the charge of the BCCI. Really good to see cricketers at the helm, including Shivlal Yadav. Good that he (Gavaskar) will also not lose his remuneration as commentator,” he said referring to the Supreme Court’s order that BCCI compensate Gavaskar for getting freed of his contractual obligations to it while performing the job as president in charge of IPL.

“It is good. He (Gavaskar) was a player, so he knows what are the problems faced by the cricketers. He was also part of the IPL governing council so he would know about the workings of it. He was the ICC chairman (cricket committee), so he shouldn’t find the role of the president difficult,” former stumper More said.

The former chief selector said that he has always maintained that players who have done very well should be part of the administration set-up.

“There are lot of issues, but the most important thing for me is cricket should go on,” he said when asked about the challenges Gavaskar faced in the immediate future.

Borde also felt happy that another ex-cricketer Yadav, who has got a lot of experience as an administrator connected to running the Hyderabad CA, has been named as the president in charge of BCCI’s functions barring IPL-related activities.

“I also welcome the appointment of Shivlal Yadav to be the man in-charge of overall Board administration other than IPL. He has got experience in cricket administration. It’s a challenge for these former cricketers, but I am sure they will emerge with flying colours,” said Borde.

Wadekar said that the big challenge before these two former cricketers was in restoring the faith of the fans in the game.

“The big challenge before them is to restore confidence of fans in the game which has taken a beating. If some poor chap gets bowled people will look at him with suspicion and not credit the bowler! Restoring the credibility of the game is going to be a major challenge for them,” said 72-year-old Wadekar.

While Borde said he was happy that Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals will be part of IPL 7, scheduled from April 16, after the Supreme Court proposed on Thursday that they be suspended, Wadekar felt the two teams are still under a cloud over betting and spot-fixing allegations.

“I am also happy that Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals have not been banned. Supreme Court seems to have thought hard on this matter and perhaps felt that banning them would have hurt the game,” said Borde.

“Supreme Court has taken a tough stand on IPL. These two teams are under a cloud,” opined Wadekar.

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