The Supreme Court on Monday came down heavily on the Board of Control of Cricket in India, accusing the body governing cricket in India of killing the game, which is considered a religion in the country.
In a strong observation on BCCI President-in-Exile N Srinivasan, who has been charged with conflict of interest in the Indian Premier League betting scandal, the apex court said, "You will have to address question of conflict of interest as head of BCCI and also as owner of IPL team, whose official is found to be involved."
Srinivasan had on Friday requested the Supreme Court that he may be restored to his position as BCCI chief and be allowed to function. He argued that the Mudgal committee, that probed allegations of match fixing and betting in the 2013 edition of IPL, has cleared him of all charges levelled against him.
"People are passionate about the game. The BCCI is killing it," the apex court noted in what is perhaps the harshest reprimand in the ongoing row over the BCCI's defiant stand on Srinivasan, who is also the owner of the Chennai Super Kings franchise.