N. Srinivasan future as ICC boss under cloud,is it the end of the Tamil Nadu strongman?

Come July, N. Srinivasan has been chosen to become the first chairman of the revamped International Cricket Council Board. But if the Supreme Court orders an inquiry into the IPL scam, it may upset Srinivasan's future plans as a cricket boss.

updated: March 29, 2014 11:45 IST
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The two-judge Supreme Court bench, hearing the Indian Premier League betting and spot-fixing scandal, made some telling decisions in its interim order on Friday. While the bench ensured that brand IPL would not be hurt, it sent a strong signal that people with a propensity to manipulate and sully the image of the gentleman's game should not be allowed to queer the pitch. (Complete IPL spot-fixing timeline)

By appointing Sunil Gavaskar as 'caretaker' president of the IPL, the Supreme Court has indicated that former players, who are respected by the public and players, should have a say in the administration of the game. Although it is not guaranteed that top players will make good administrators, Gavaskar's appointment should be taken as a pointer, nothing more. Gavaskar is better off doing the things he loves to do. A lot of live cricket commentary, a few games of badminton and of course, constantly writing about the game. It is extremely unlikely that in the long run, Gavaskar will sacrifice his career as a commentator/columnist and partake in Board politics that can be more vicious than a rank turner or seaming green-top. (Also read: Sunil Gavaskar ready for the challenge!)

But there are very clear signals in the Supreme Court's order. Men like N. Srinivasan, who has allegedly utilized his position and power to manipulate the way cricket is played in India (and now the world), should not be allowed to cement their position in sports administration. The interim order says very clearly: "N. Srinivasan is removed as BCCI president and debarred from taking part in any affairs of the Board till a final decision." The order goes on to say: "Other than players and commentators, no other employee of India Cements or its subsidiary or associate companies will participate in any BCCI duty." (Read: Nauseating that Srinivasan is still BCCI chief: Supreme Court)

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