Will stay away from all IPL matters​ if allowed to contest BCCI elections: Srinivasan tells SC

N Srinivasan

New Delhi, Dec 10: Giving an undertaking in the Supreme Court on Wednesday, former BCCI chief N Srinivasan said he will keep out of IPL matters if elected as president of the cricket governing body.

Srinivasan, who sought the Supreme Court’s permission to contest BCCI elections, also submitted that he will he will stay out of IPL matters till he gets a clean chit from high power panel.

Earlier on Tuesday, Srinivasan told the apex court that he was agreeable on setting up a two-judge panel to examine afresh accusations of conflict of interest against him and prescribe punishment if he is found guilty.

Srinivasan had reportedly stated that the BCCI could then issue appropriate punitive orders in terms of the finding of the new panel.

In March, the Supreme Court had relieved Srinivasan of his duties as BCCI president to ensure a fair investigation into the IPL related controversy.

Probing spot-fixing and betting allegations in the IPL, Justice Mukul Mudgal panel had in November said that Srinivasan, who took over as ICC chairman in July, was not guilty of betting and fixing nor of having tried to prevent the investigation.

It may be noted that the apex court has been critical of Srinivasan’s conflict of interest  by virtue of being the BCCI chief and owner of Chennai Super Kings franchise in the IPL.

On Tuesday, BCCI replied to the SC with five alternatives to decide on the course of action against those found guilty in the IPL spot-fixing and betting case.

The five options that BCCI submitted to the court are:

1-BCCI’s internal disciplinary committee may look after the issue.

2-BCCI may nominate a committee of two independent experts.

3-Court may appoint a disciplinary committee.

4-Court may appoint a committee of 2 judicial officers.

5-Mudgal Committee itself may decide on the course of action or punishment.

(With Agency Inputs)

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