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Sunil Gavaskar begins IPL innings

Posted on Mar 29 2014 | IBNS

Dubai, Mar 29 : A day after the Supreme Court installed Sunil Gavaskar as the interim chief of the BCCI replacing controversial industrialist-cricket administrator N Srinivasan for the Indian Premier League (IPL) seventh edition affairs, the iconic batsman said he met officials in Dubai and hoped a successful season ahead.

"I had a meeting with Mr. Ranjib Biswal - Chairman, IPL, and the Management Staff, in Dubai, earlier today," said Gavaskar in a release from the BCCI on Saturday.

"They briefed me on the various aspects related to the Pepsi IPL 2014, and updated me on the current status of this year's season, which will commence on 16 April 2014 in the UAE.

"I am confident that the upcoming season of the Pepsi IPL 2014 will be a successful one," said the interim IPL chief.

While Gavaskar now heads the affairs of the cash rich cricket league that is mired in controversy over spot fixing and betting, the non-IPL chief of BCCI is former Indian cricketer Shivlal Yadav.

The top court bench headed by Justice A K Patnaik said any vice-president of the BCCI can take over as its chief after the IPL.

The apex court barred anyone connected to Srinivasan owned Indian Cements (which owns Chennai Super Kings team) to be associated with any IPL duty.

The next hearing is on April 16.

The apex court also allowed Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Rajasthan Royals (RR) to play in the seventh IPL as the court softened its stand on the teams.

Gavaskar has to come out of his contracts with the TV channels to officiate as the BCCI interim chief and court has asked the BCCI to compensate for that.

The Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered Srinivasan to resign from his post to ensure a fair probe in the IPL spot-fixing case.

A two-member Supreme Court bench comprising Justice AK Patnaik and Justice Fakkir Mohamed Ibrahim Kalifulla on Tuesday heard the inquiry reports submitted by the Justice Mukul Mudgal Committee on the scam.

The Indian Premier League Probe Committee, headed by Justice (Retd) Mukul Mudgal, who had been appointed by the Supreme Court to look into IPL 6 scam, submitted its report on Feb 10 where it found Srinivasan's son-in-law and Chennai Super Kings (CSK) team's Gurunath Meiyappan guilty of match-fixing.

The 170-page report, filed in the Supreme Court said Meiyappan had fixed and put bets on IPL matches.

The report, however, said that more investigation is necessary against Rajasthan Royals owner Raj Kundra.

The Committee filed the report after interacting with former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly and Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) president Jagmohan Dalmiya among others.

It also interacted with Cricket Association of Bihar secretary Aditya Verma and journalists Kishore Bhimani and Boria Majumdar in connection with the probe into the matter.

The Mumbai Police earlier in September last chargesheeted Meiyappan for betting and cheating during the IPL.

The Mumbai Police then said they found no evidence of spot-fixing against Meiyappan.

The BCCI had found four Rajasthan Royals players guilty of spot-fixing during IPL 6.

The board also banned former Test pacer S. Sreesanth and Ankit Chavan for life from playing any representative cricket, or in any way being associated with the activities of the BCCI or its affiliates

The lid was blown off the IPL scam after Sreesanth, Chandila and Chavan - were arrested along with 11 bookies from Mumbai on May 16, 2013 for their role in spot-fixing in the tournament.

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