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Gavaskar, Shastri, Srikkanth in BCCI's list of individuals with 'conflict of interest'; SC reserves verdict

Sanjeeb Mukherjea | December 17, 2014, 11:54 AM IST

In a move that can shake the foundation of Indian cricket, the Supreme Court on Wednesday reserved the verdict on the issue of conflict of interest in Indian cricket after BCCI submitted a list in SC of its administrators with conflict of interest, which included the names of three former captains Sunil Gavaskar, Ravi Shastri and Kris Srikkanth.

The Supreme Court, while hearing the IPL spot-fixing case, had on Wednesday asked the board to submit the names of individuals, other than N Srinivasan, who would be affected if the controversial Rule 6.2.4 of BCCI's Constitution is struck down.

Rule 6.2.4 is the same which was amended in 2008 before the first edition of the IPL and facilitated Srinivasan's ownership of the Chennai Super Kings.

After Wednesday's hearing, the SC also reserved the verdict on whether Srinivasan can contest BCCI presidential elections and what action should be taken against those named in the final probe report submitted by the Justice Mukul Mudgal Committee.

But BCCI naming former captain Gavaskar, current Team Director Ravi Shastri and former chief selector Srikkanth will surely lead to some sort of war within the confines of the board. Also named in the list were India's manager during the 2007 T20 World Cup Lalchand Rajput and former India bowler and bowling coach Venkatesh Prasad among others.

"Apart from CSK, is there any other team which is run by an administrator and why? Give us a list of all contracts which will fall because of striking down Rule 6.2.4," the SC had asked the Indian board on Tuesday.

Interestingly, Srikkanth is a mentor of the IPL team Sunrisers Hyderabad.

Talking to CNN-IBN later in the day, Srikkanth said it's wrong to label him as an individual in conflict of interest.

"I was never in conflict of interest. I was the ambassador of Chennai Super Kings before I became the chairman of selectors," the former India captain said.

"The board should not have appointed me (as chief selector) if there was conflict of interest," a visibly annoyed Srikkanth added.

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