Earlier this week, the Apex Court called on Srinivasan to leave his post at the BCCI to ensure a fair investigation into the scandal in which his son-in-law, Gurunath Meiyappan, has been indicted for illegal betting. JPN/Agencies
On Thursday, the Supreme Court put forward former India captain Sunil Gavaskar as Srinivasan's replacement and said the Chennai and Rajasthan franchises should be kept out of the IPL pending the completion of probe due to their role in the scandal.
The BCCI, whose lawyer told the court that Srinivasan was ready to step aside, has been asked to respond to the proposals on Friday.
Meiyappan was arrested in May last year by Mumbai Police probing illegal betting on the lucrative Twenty20 tournament but was later released on bail. Legal sports betting in India is confined to horse racing.
Local media claimed Meiyappan was chief executive of the Chennai Super Kings but the company that owns the IPL franchise, India Cements, said he was merely a member of team management.
Srinivasan, set to take over as chairman of the International Cricket Council (ICC) board in July, heads India Cements.
The scandal surfaced when former test bowler Shanthakumaran Sreesanth and two other local cricketers, all playing for the Rajasthan franchise, were arrested on suspicion of taking money to concede a fixed number of runs.
Sreesanth, who had denied any wrongdoing, was subsequently banned for life by the BCCI.
I will be happy to take up BCCI top job: Gavaskar
Former batting legend Sunil Gavaskar, whose name has been proposed by the Supreme Court as a replacement for incumbent BCCI president N Srinivasan, on Thursday said he will be ‘honoured’ and ‘happy’ to adhere to the directives of the Highest Court.
"First and foremost, if the Highest Court suggests something, you have to do so but that has to be on record. I am currently contracted with BCCI as a commentator. But if the Supreme Court wants me to do that, I will do it," Gavaskar said.
"When the Supreme Court asks you, there is no question about it, there is not much you can do and I will be happy to do what they ask me to do", he said.
Gavaskar, a former Indian captain, said he would wait for the final order from the court.
"I will consider it. It will be a huge honour that Supreme Court feels I will be good enough to do the job. But we will have to wait and watch until Friday in which direction it goes. Let's not jump the gun," the former Indian captain said.
Chorus grows for suspension of 2014 IPL
Backing his one-time nemesis Shashank Manohar over his scathing views that the cash-rich IPL has lost some of its credibility, former chairman of the T20 League Lalit Modi has said the upcoming season of the tournament needs to be suspended to clean up the game.
"I completely agree with Mr Shashank Manohar and his observations on the fact that the serious allegations regarding betting, spot-fixing and match-fixing are (sic) all seriously tarnished the image of the game and importantly, the fans and the public at large are slowly but surely starting to lose faith in the Indian Premier League in particular and game at large," said Modi, based now in London, in a statement.
"Thus, as I mentioned yesterday in one of my tweets the biggest and most important task ahead of the BCCI now would be to win back the hearts and faith of the fans. And that in my mind can be done only by ensuring that the BCCI promote what should be a clean game of cricket," stated the man whose brainchild was IPL.
"Given the above context and the current goings-on, I think it only right that until the faith of the people in the integrity of the game is restored, the IPL tournament for the year 2014 should be suspended," he said.
Season seven of IPL is set to be held from April 16 with the first part of the event scheduled in UAE because of the general elections in the country.
Former BCCI chief Shashank Manohar had issued a media statement demanding the upcoming season of IPL be suspended and all IPL matches be investigated by the Central Bureau of Investigation.
"The Supreme Court's observation is that there are very, very serious allegations made in the report (about IPL spot-fixing) and unless the BCCI president (N Srinivasan) steps down, no fair probe can be conducted," Manohar had said.
Earlier this week, the Apex Court called on Srinivasan to leave his post at the BCCI to ensure a fair investigation into the scandal in which his son-in-law, Gurunath Meiyappan, has been indicted for illegal betting.