Pressure mounts on Srinivasan

  • Last Updated: March 27 2014, 15:02 GMT

Pressure was mounting on Indian cricket chief N Srinivasan on Thursday after the Supreme Court in India proposed that legendary former batsman Sunil Gavaskar replace him as the country's top cricket administrator.

N. Srinivasan: Under pressure
N. Srinivasan: Under pressure

The SC stated that Srinivasan, president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), must stand aside while an investigation into allegations of spot-fixing takes place, according to a report by the Press Trust of India (PTI).

PTI also reported that the court proposed the suspension of the Chennai Super Kings and the Rajasthan Royals from the 2014 Indian Premier League while the allegations are investigated.

PTI reported that the SC asked the BCCI to respond to its proposals by Friday at the latest.

The International Cricket Council had no new statement to make on Thursday's developments, having responded to Tuesday's news that the SC had recommended Srinivasan stand down by stating: "This is an internal matter of the BCCI and the ICC has no comment to make."

The Supreme Court has been considering the findings of the Mudgal Committee, a panel set up to investigate allegations of spot-fixing and illegal betting in the IPL following the arrest of 38 players - including former India fast bowler Sreesanth last summer.

Srinivasan is a powerful figure both in his own nation and on the world stage, where he has used India's huge financial draw to leverage a series of sweeping changes to ICC governance - an overhaul completed in concert with the England and Wales Cricket Board and Cricket Australia.