The Board for Control of Cricket in India (BCCI) president in-exile N Srinivasan, during the hearing on December 10, submitted before the Supreme Court that he will keep away from all matters and running of the Indian Premier League (IPL) while pleading it to allow him contest the board election.
Appearing before a bench headed by Justice T S Thakur, senior advocate Kapil Sibal said that his client Srinivasan is giving an undertaking that he will keep himself disassociated with the IPL matters till he is given a clean chit by a proposed high powered panel.
However, no clarity has been given on whether or not the Chennai Super Kings will continue to be owned by India Cements. Television reports on December 9 said that the apex court had asked Srinivasan to choose between presidency of the BCCI and ownership of the IPL franchise.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), however, opposed setting up of the high powered committee to look into the matter regarding Srinivasan’s conflict of interest and punishment to be meted out on the basis of Mudgal committee report.
Senior advocate C A Sundaram, appearing for the Board, said that it would affect its autonomy and any decision in this regard, if required, must be decided by the governing body of the Board.
The apex court also expressed concern over cricket being hit by betting and spot fixing scandal recently. “Game of cricket will collapse if people’s confidence in the sport is not restored and preserved,” it said.
Supreme Court directed postponement of BCCI AGM for election of office bearers till January 31, 2015. “Postponement of December 17 AGM is necessary as the hearing in the matter is not likely to conclude before that,” said the apex court.
The hearing has been adjourned till Monday December 15.