A file photo of Sunil Gavaskar. (Getty Images)
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is all set to oppose Sunil Gavaskar as its interim president in the Supreme Court on Friday, according to CNN-IBN sources. BCCI is also likely to put forth the point that it has ex-cricketers like Brijesh Patel and Anil Kumble as members and they can take over, if required.
The Supreme Court stepped right into the IPL spot-fixing and betting case on Thursday and made some very strong recommendations to the BCCI, giving it a 24-hour deadline to respond. The SC, proposed BCCI the name of former India skipper Gavaskar as the possible interim president of the BCCI with reports saying Srinivasan is willing to 'step aside' pending inquiry.
BCCI is also likely to argue that Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals, the two teams which are being investigated, be allowed to participate in the seventh edition of IPL. The board will say that their absence will hit the tournament financially and BCCI could suffer losses.
The apex court will today pass an interim order on whether Srinivasan should step aside as BCCI chief and whether Gavaskar should replace him and whether Rajasthan and Chennai should be suspended from IPL 7. While both Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals will argue in Court on Friday to save themselves from being barred this season, the BCCI will join in to plead the Court to spare the IPL from such seismic changes.
All eyes though will be on the two-justice bench as the interim order is expected in few hours time.
Earlier, BCCI in its proposal to apex court assured it of initiating disciplinary proceedings on the basis of recommendations of Mudgal committee report. BCCI told the apex court that investigation be carried out on the basis of findings of Mudgal committee report. The court said it will have to think hard for the benefit of cricket and will have to pass order.