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 sources. The BCCI might argue that it has its own set of rules and has no place to accommodate an 'external' candidate like the former Indian Test captain. However, BCCI's offer of N Srinivasan stepping down will continue to stand. (Sunil Gavaskar ready for any challenge)
Levelling charges of conflict of interest against the current BCCI president N Srinivasan, the apex court suggested that Gavaskar could take over as interim president till the probe on Srinivasan's son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan for his involvement in betting during the IPL 2013 is completed.
BCCI is also likely to put forth the point that it has ex-cricketers like Shivlal Yadav and Anil Kumble as members and they can take over, if required. (Niranjan Shah hails Supreme Court's move to clean up cricket).Â 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 this year's ipl. The board will say that their absence will hit the tournament financially and BCCI could suffer losses to the tune of Rs. 400 crores.
According to the BCCI's constitution, Yadav, the former Test off-spinner from Hyderabad and one of the five vice-presidents, is the front-runner to be president if Srinivasan was removed. Yadav had chaired a meeting of the BCCI working committee in February, when Srinivasan opted out due to bereavement in the family. (N Srinivasan continues to remain silent)
According to the clause 15 (v) of BCCI's rules and regulations, "In case of vacancy occurring in the office of president by reason of death or by him being adjudged insolvent or by him being convicted in a criminal case by a competent Court or by resignation or otherwise, The Hon Secretary shall within fifteen days convene a Special General Body Meeting to elect the president who shall be nominated by at least one Full Member from the zone which proposed the name of the President whose term was cut short prematurely. Such person who is so elected shall hold office till the next elections." (Supreme Court wants Gavaskar, West Bengal Ganguly as BCCI boss)