The seven questions the Supreme Court deliberated on to lay down the roadmap to the further course of action to clean BCCI, to cleanse Indian Cricket to take the IPL Spot Fixing probe to its final conclusion are:

1. If BCCI comes under judicial review?

The apex court says yes. The Verdict reads – BCCI may not be State under Article 12 of the Constitution but is certainly amenable to writ jurisdiction under Article 226 of the Constitution of India.

2. If Gurunath Meiyappan and Raj Kundra were team officials and if they were involved in betting?

The court says yes to both.

3. If Gurunath Meiyappan and Raj Kundra were team officials and if they were found guilty, what would be the future course of action?

The verdict copy reads – The misconduct against these two individuals is actionable as per the relevant rules to which we have referred in detail. Not only that, we have held that action under the rules can also be taken against the franchisees concerned. We have noticed that that the quantum of sanction/punishment can vary depending upon the gravity of the misconduct of the persons committing the same.

4. If N Srinivasan was involved in covering-up the IPL Spot Fixing episode?

The court says no – but not without making scathing remarks on Srinivasan’s overall conduct, putting him in the dock. The verdict says the allegation wasn’t proved but it doesn’t mean the allegation was baseless. The court does accepts the ‘element of suspicion’ on the part of Srinivasan’s conduct in the spot-fixing cover-up affair.

5. If the BCCI amendment of its Regulation 6.4.2 allowing its administrators to have commercial interests in IPL, Champions League and Twenty-20 was legally unethical and unacceptable?

The court says yes, it was ‘legally bad’ – The Amendment to Rule 6.2.4 permitting Administrators of BCCI to acquire or hold commercial interests in BCCI like IPL, champions league and T-20 held to be bad.

The court struck down the amendment saying Srinivasan’s simultaneous roles as the BCCI chief and IPL team owner were a clear-cut case of ‘conflict of interest’ and the conduct was not acceptable and Srinivasan needed to choose between BCCI and IPL.

6. If Sundar Raman, the IPL Chief Operating Officer (COO) was guilty?

The Supreme Court has ordered further probe on Sundar Raman’s role in the IPL Spot Fixing scandal, placing him firmly under scanner.

The verdict elaborates: Mr. Sundar Raman was, and continues to be the Chief Operating Officer of IPL. He has held and continues to hold a very important position in the entire system. On his own showing he was dealing with practically all aspects of organization of the game, including facilitating whenever necessary the appearance and participation of celebrities and organizing tickets, accreditation cards and such other matters. He was, therefore, the spirit behind the entire exercise and cannot be said to be unconcerned with what goes on in the course of the tournament especially if it has the potential of bringing disrepute to the game/BCCI.

We are, therefore, not inclined to let the allegations made against Mr. Sundar Raman go un-probed, even if it means a further investigation by the investigating team provided to the probe committee or by any other means. Truth about the allegations made against Mr. Sundar Raman, must be brought to light, for it is only then that all suspicions about the fraudulent activities and practices floating in the media against the BCCI and its administrators in several proceedings before different courts can be given a quietus.

7. What should be the future course of action – on cleaning BCCI and cleansing Cricket run by it and taking the IPL Spot Fixing probe to its finality?

Giving directions on N Srinivasan, Sundar Raman, Raj Kundra, Gurunath Meiyappan, Chennai Super Kings, Rajasthan Royals, BCCI and IPL Spot Fixing episode – the court formed a three member committed to be headed by R. M. Lodha, former Chief Justice – to probe the matter further and to come with guidelines on revamping BCCI – with a deadline of six months. Ashok Bhan and R. V. Raveendran, former Supreme Court judges are other members of the committee.

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©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey–https://santoshchaubey.wordpress.com/


Here comes our Narottam Puri, the commentator with his silky voice. Here comes our little cricket master. The excitement in the air, its flow in the veins, its manifestation in the breathing, to tell the scores, to inform about every wicket fall – that was the love for cricket that I lived, a love that Sachin Tendulkar became the last symbolism of.

I was mad about cricket. For elders and friends, I was a walking data-bank on cricket. Plans to plan the next day, the next summer holidays for cricketing adventures always cornered the maximum chunk of whatever little grey-matter I used to have then.

That was until the gentleman’s game started getting more colourful.

Plain, white, simple – cricket was an immaculate love of many. Being colourful is good, is precious, but it didn’t suit the modern version of cricket. Cricket became less and less inspiring and connecting as it got more and more colourful.

As Sachin Tendulkar retires from cricket, the nostalgia of being a cricket-crazy boy revisits me again. For me, Sachin was its last embodiment and I believe there would many others sharing this feeling.

Sachin Tendulkar, for millions, is, undoubtedly, the last cricketing icon who has become synonymous with the game.

Sachin began in an era when cricket happened to be like a religion for the fans, the fans who were in hundreds of millions. Soon, performance and the spirit of sportsmanship made him the most bankable star of it. His aura spread further with the progress of his career. He came to be adorned as the god of cricket in a cricket-crazy country that India was.

After the likes of Sunil Gavaskar, Kapil Dev and Kris Srikkanth hanged their boots, Sachin was the only player many would watch a match for. For me (and for millions others), any cricketing game was restricted to the duration Sachin was batting (if India was looking to slip in the game).

Then, the whole nation crooned to the rhythm of each shot, followed pace of each delivery.

Sachin became the reason for hoping against the hope in Indian cricket, even if he was running out of form, even if he was being written off.

That was when cricket happened to be like a religion in India.

Cricket is not religion anymore. Like any other game involving big money, it has become a hotbed of controversies.

Cricket ceased to be a gentleman’s game the day the first big match-fixing scandal broke involving Indian and South African players.

It was a shocker. It humiliated my feelings, my passion, my zeal for the game (and so of millions others). I followed and played cricket with such an uncontrollable love for the game that I didn’t care much even for my board exams.

The loss of interest was sudden when the scandal broke and with every subsequent cricketing scandal, it grew into apathy.

Scores became irrelevant. Outcome didn’t matter anymore. When the cricket statistician in me died a silent death I couldn’t realize.

But, there was still one connect left.

That was Sachin Tendulkar.

A down-to-earth cricketing god, drawn away from controversies, talking and living humility, talking and living cricket!

Though the fixing scandals took away cricket’s soul that made it a game of gentlemen; that made people passionate about it; that added the feeling of nationalism at stake with every moment of a match, it was STILL different when Sachin would come to play.

I would watch him playing. I would still sit and cheer for India as long as he was batting or bowling. I would still revisit the moments of nervous break-down like situations when the game was in critical situation and when we all would be expecting Sachin to deliver victory for us, for India.

Though cricket lost its gentlemanly character but Sachin continued to be the eternal brand ambassador of cricket’s gentlemanly era.

The ‘gentleman’ and the ‘master-blaster’ icons that the Indian cricket has produced include great names like Gavaskar, Kapil, Srikkanth, and Ganguly but Sachin is the last and the longest-lasting one and he’ll remain so.

Watching each delivery with fingers crossed, holding the breath, employing and exercising superstitious gestures like being glued to a place, in a particular posture, or not speaking and so on – that was the love of cricket and Sachin only multiplied the joy of it by taking the spirit of the game to the higher levels.

That would not be the case anymore.

©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey – https://santoshchaubey.wordpress.com/