New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday agreed to BCCI's proposal to postpone the board elections.
The elections have been postponed till the time the inquiry into the Indian Premier League (IPL) spot-fixing and betting scandal is completed. The elections, scheduled to be held on December 17, have now been postponed till January 31 next year.
Earlier in the day, N Srinivasan submitted an undertaking in the Supreme Court to state he would stay away from all IPL related issues if elected as board President.
The SC showed no signs of letting up as it told the BCCI that the game of cricket will collapse if people's confidence in the sport is not restored.
All through the IPL spot-fixing and betting case hearing, the apex court has been consistently critical of Srinivasan's conflict of interest by virtue of being the BCCI chief and owner of Chennai Super Kings franchise in the IPL.
During previous hearings, the court had recommended that BCCI should proceed with their pending elections minus Srinivasan.
The BCCI counsel opposed setting up of high power panel to look into conflict of interest issue and punishment to be meted out on the basis of Mudgal committee. The board felt that a high power committee would affect the autonomy of the cricket board.
To which, the court responded saying instead of BCCI nominees, the high power committee would have members nominated by the SC.
BCCI on Tuesday replied to the SC with five alternatives in order to decide on the course of action or punishment to those found guilty in the IPL spot-fixing and betting case. This committee would decide the future course of action in this matter along with the punishment to be meted out.
The BCCI pleaded to the court to not make findings of Mudgal probe panel binding.