NEW DELHI - The Indian Supreme Court Mar. 28 handed over the reins of BCCI to former player Sunil Gavaskar during IPL 7 and did not bar Srinivasan-promoted Chennai Superkings (CSK) and Rajasthan Royals (RR) from participating in the tournament. Taking the cricket board out of incumbent Srinivasan's hands, the Court directed that the senior most vice president of the Board, Shivlal Yadav, will be looking after the affairs of BCCI.
A bench of justices A K Patnaik and F M Ibrahim Kalifulla, which had Mar. 27 proposed barring CSK and RR in the tournament, however, refused to pass order in this regard allowing them to play the matches along with six other teams in the tournament beginning April 16 in Dubai. The bench also said that Gavaskar will have to get out of the contract with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for commentary in order to discharge the duty assigned by the court. It also directed BCCI to adequately compensate the veteran cricketer. The order was given during hearing on the Mudgal Committee report that went into betting and spot-fixing allegations against those involved in CSK and RR during IPL 6. (PTI)