The most promiscuous social networking site Twitter was all abuzz with posts flooding in as the the Honorable Supreme Court (SC) barred sidelined BCCI president N. Srinivasan from contesting the election to the Indian cricket board’s governing body presidency on Thursday.
The apex court barred him from appearing for the BCCI President’s post as long as he was involved in a so called “conflict of interest” situation as a sideby owner of the Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Chennai Super Kings (CSK).
Former Indian captain and left-arm orthodox spinner Bishen Singh Bedi stated in his tweet that the court’s decision was a landmark ruling which also questioned the honesty of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).
It was a landmark ruling by the Supreme Court for the betterment of the Indian Cricket -BCCI integrity questioned most glaringly and ever so aptly! , Bedi tweeted on Thursday.
Former IPL commissioner Lalit Modi also used the social media platform to hit back at Srinivasan saying it was time for a cleanup.
#Srinivasan knew all along that Rule 6.2.4 is unsustainable & illegal. #IPLVerdict now ensures a new @BCCI chief in 6 weeks. Time 4 cleanup, read the tweets.
IS Bindra, former BCCI (Board of Control of Cricket in India) President and spokesperson, said that the current office bearers of the Board should also be taken to considerations. The court has shown no mercy in having faith in BCCI and set up its own inquiry committee. All of them are guilty. People who did not take action for months are equally responsible in this act. Putting entire blame on Srinivasan is not correct as his office bearers are also equally responsible, harsh Bindra said to the press addressing today.
It is a landmark ruling and a watershed in history of Indian cricket. The verdict will help curb malpractices. It will make the system more transparent, honest and free from fraud. Very few people spoke of what was happening and people who spoke were victimised and penalised. I paid the price for that but the price has been worth it all this while, Bindra added.
Petitioner in the case and Cricket Association of Bihar President Aditya Verma said that Srinivasan’s future “is closed”. “Immediate future of Srinivasan is now closed because SC gave directions to BCCI to conduct elections within six weeks and Srinivasan is not eligible to contest due to conflict of interest,” he said.
“Whatever the verdict be, man of the match will be the game of cricket. It is a gentlemen’s game and people will know it the same way again,” he said. Asked about the Supreme Court giving a clean chit regarding the charge of cover up against Srinivasan, Verma said, “But he has been held guilty of trying to protect his son-in-law (Gurunath Meiyappan) and (Rajasthan Royals co-owner) Raj Kundra.”
Former treasurer Ajay Shirke, who quit from the BCCI post in the wake of the IPL spot-fixing and betting scandal, had said that the judgment will help in the running of the Board in a transparent and fair manner in future. But it is difficult to predict what Srinivasan will do.
The apex court bench, of Justice T. S. Thakur and Justice Fakkir Mohamed Ibrahim Kalifulla, also held Srinivasan’s son-in-law and the other Chennai Super Kings “official” Gurunath Meiyappan, and IPL franchise Rajasthan Royals’ co-owner Raj Kundra to be guilty of betting or remaining in the betting circles against the sake of the game and said that the punishment will not only be confined to them but will also be extended to the respective franchises they represent.
Reputed face in television commentary, presenter Harsha Bhogle too expressed his opinion on Twitter mentioning that the implications of this judgment seem vast. So much more is awaiting to happen.