Wadekar welcomes BCCI shake-up

  • Last Updated: March 28 2014, 12:32 GMT

Former India Test captain Ajit Wadekar has welcomed moves by the country's Supreme Court to install ex-players Sunil Gavaskar and Shivlal Yadav to prominent positions in the Board of Control for Cricket in India.

Sunil Gavaskar: Appointed interim head of the BCCI
Sunil Gavaskar: Appointed interim head of the BCCI

Former India Test captain Ajit Wadekar has welcomed moves by the country's Supreme Court to install ex-players Sunil Gavaskar and Shivlal Yadav to prominent positions in the Board of Control for Cricket in India.

An ongoing probe into alleged corruption in the Indian Premier League has forced BCCI president and Chennai Super Kings principal N Srinivasan to temporarily vacate his role, which will be split between India great Gavaskar and Yadav.

Gavaskar, who played 125 Tests, has been installed to oversee IPL matters, while Yadav will take on tasks outside of the 20-over competition.

The Supreme Court has not followed through on reported threats to bar Chennai and Rajasthan Royals from this year's tournament due to their part in ongoing investigations.

Wadekar, who captained India when Gavaskar made his debut in 1971, believes the developments are positive moves for the sport.

"(I'm) glad that a legend like Gavaskar has been given the charge of the BCCI," Wadekar told Press Trust of India.

"The big challenge is to restore confidence of fans in the game which has taken a beating.

"Restoring credibility of the game is going to be a major challenge for them.

"The Supreme Court has taken a tough stand on IPL."

Another former player, Chandu Borde, told PTI the decision to allow Chennai and Rajastan Royals to compete this season was the correct one.

BCCI counsel reportedly requested the court not to suspend the franchises out of respect to the many players, from home and abroad, who had agreed contracts to represent the teams in IPL 7.

"I am happy that Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals have not been banned," said Borde.

"The Supreme Court seems to have thought hard on this matter and perhaps felt that banning them would have hurt the game.

"(Gavaskar) is known to have his own mind and I don't think anyone would dare to indulge in corrupt practices with him at the helm."

The next Supreme Court hearing of the corruption case is scheduled for April 16 - the day that IPL fixtures begin in the United Arab Emirates.