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    BCCI cancels IPL 7 launch press conference in Abu Dhabi

    New Delhi: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has postponed the press conference to launch IPL 7, which was scheduled to take place at Abu Dhabi on Thursday. The decision was taken after the Supreme Court made strong observations against N Srinivasan and the IPL.

    The court had proposed the BCCI that Chennai Super Kings and the Rajasthan Royals, the two teams which are at the centre of an ongoing probe into illegal betting and match-fixing, should be barred from the next edition of the IPL, while maintaining that Srinivasan should step down from his post of BCCI president.

    "We are not removing anyone now, but Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals will not be allowed to participate in the IPL which commences on April 16," Justice AK Patnaik said at a hearing. The Supreme Court will listen to BCCI's reply on Friday and then pass the orders. The other arguments in the case will be heard on April 16.

    The apex court also stated that anyone associated with India Cements, a company owned by BCCI chief N Srinivasan, should not be part of the BCCI.

    Due to the upcoming General Elections in the country, the Indian government had refused to provide security for IPL 7 during that period, and the BCCI decided to hold the initial part of the tournament at the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and posssibly Bangladesh, with the tournament returning to India post Elections. The BCCI confirmed had confirmed on March 12 that the tournament will begin on April 16 in the UAE and will host matches until April 30. The venue for matches in the period between May 1 and 12 is not yet confirmed.

    The SC also observed that Sunil Gavaskar should replace Srinivasan as BCCI president. "In the place of Srinivasan, we propose to appoint an experienced cricket player like Sunil Gavaskar to replace him and function as BCCI president," Patnaik, who is head of the two-judge panel, said.

    The Supreme Court's bench is examining a damning report it commissioned into wrongdoing in last year's edition of Indian Premier League.