|Gavaskar eager to stem rot in Indian cricket administration
Retired batsman and commentator Sunil Gavaskar (Pictured) said he was willing to take the helm of India's embattled cricket board, following a request by the Supreme Court.
At a hearing in New Delhi, a panel of judges also called for the banning of two teams from this year's Indian Premier League.
After warning the incumbent N. Srinivasan that they could order him to quit, the judges proposed 64-year-old Gavaskar to become interim president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India.
“In the place of Srinivasan, we propose to appoint an experienced cricket player like Sunil Gavaskar to replace him and function as BCCI president,'' said Justice A.K. Patnaik, the panel's chairman.
Gavaskar, the first player ever to score 10,000 runs in test match cricket and who is now a television commentator, said he was up for the challenge.
“The fact that I am contracted to the BCCI to do TV commentary has to be put on record,'' he told the NDTV network.
“After that if the honourable Supreme Court tells you to do something, then of course ... if they ask me to do something, I will do it.
“As an opening batsman, you must be ready for all kinds of challenges. I will do everything to the best of my abilities. If the highest court is reposing this faith in me, I'll be very happy to do what they ask me to do.''
There was no immediate reaction from Srinivasan but his counsel had earlier told the court he was willing to “step aside''. But he first wanted to know how long an ongoing investigation would continue.—AFP