Three former Indian captains – Rahul Dravid, Anil Kumble and Krishnamachari Srikkanth, are all of the view that the BCCI will have to abide by the Supreme Court’s proposals. The highest judicial body in India proposed that the current BCCI president N. Srinivasan be replaced by former skipper Sunil Gavaskar and that the two tainted franchises – Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals be suspended from the Indian Premier League, until the final verdict in the betting and spot fixing case arrives.
Anil Kumble opined that the Indian board will abide by the Supreme Court’s verdict : “First, let us wait for the Supreme Court to announce its verdict and whatever the final verdict of the Supreme Court is, I am sure, that all of us as law abiding citizens, will abide by the court’s decision. The first set of these (match fixing) allegations came in 1999—2000, but the players responsibly put things in place.”
Kumble said that this could be an opportunity to clean the image of the gentleman’s game : “Even now the cricketers on the field will determine how the game of cricket is going to be reflected and the supporters of course will look at it that way. And of course, it is an opportunity to do the required things to ensure that the game of cricket is above all of this (match fixing scandals)”.
The often soft-spoken Rahul Dravid opined that he wouldn’t like to comment on the issue yet as he has not seen the proposal and the matter is still in court. “We have to wait for the Supreme Court’s verdict,” Dravid said.
On whether these spot-fixing and match-fixing allegations have tarnished the image of the game of cricket, Dravid said that the sport is beyond these things. “These incidents have occurred earlier too, but the game is in a great state and will continue as it were. Some things in life are bad, we just need to rectify them. However, these allegations will not make the game of cricket any lesser.”
Krishnamachari Srikanth agreed that the BCCI is bound to follow the SC’s orders, although he declined to give a detailed perspective on the issue. “We cannot comment on the matter at this point in time. Everything is subjudice. But Supreme Court is the highest judicial body and everybody will have to abide by its decisions. There is no other way.”