The Supreme Court on Thursday proposed that BCCI President, N Srinivasan be replaced by Sunil Gavaskar or a “season or respected cricketer” and that the Chennai Super Kings along with Rajasthan Royals be suspended from IPL 7 till the investigation into betting and spot-fixing allegations is completed.
The court said it is intending to bar CSK, owned by India Cements, which is promoted by Srinivasan, and RR, whose players and team officials are allegedly involved in the scandal, from participating in the IPL 7 tournament slated to begin from April 16.
A bench headed by Justice AK Patnaik proposed the name of veteran cricketer and commentator Sunil Gavaskar to head the Board during the pendency of the case in the apex court.
Reacting to the news of his name being mentioned as a replacement for Srinivasan, Gavaskar said: "When the highest court of the land tells you to do something, you have to do it."
The bench asked the Board to give its response by Friday on its proposals after which it will pass an interim order.
The bench also proposed to pass an order barring India Cements officials from getting involved with the functioning of BCCI after senior counsel Harish Salve, appearing for Cricket Association of Bihar, pointed out that many such officials are at present part of BCCI team.
Salve also raised questions on the conduct of captain of Indian Cricket Team, MS Dhoni, who is also vice president of India Cements, saying that he is guilty of corrupt practices.
The two-judge bench allowed arguments to be heard from both sides. With Harish Salve taking most of the time today presenting his side of the case, Sundaram would make his submissions tomorrow before the court takes the final order.