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Srinivasan appointed new ICC Chairman as India’s Supreme Court declines to interfere despite IPL investigation

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Thursday, 26 June 2014 By Manali Kulkarni
This week’s Indian sports law update focuses on decisions surrounding N Srinivasan’s, former Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI)1 president’s, role in the International Cricket Council (ICC)2 and the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA)3, the governing cricket association for the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. After the Supreme Court allowed Srinivasan to run in the upcoming ICC elections and the BCCI confirmed his candidacy, Srinivasan is now set to become the new ICC Chairman at the end of the coming week. Srinivasan also held his place in the TNCA as president after winning the elections on June 22, 2014.

Supreme Court refuses to interfere with Srinivasan’s nomination for ICC Chairman

When theIndian Premier League (IPL) spot-fixing scandalhearings were paused in April 2014, one of the unresolved matters was N. Srinivasan's, former BCCI president’s, place in the BCCI and the ICC.A two judge panel, led by Justice AK Patnaik5 and consisting of F M I Kalifulla6, passed an order on March 28, 20147, preventing Srinivasan from becoming BCCI president till after all investigations related to last year’s IPL spot-fixing case have concluded.8 The order did not however compromise Srinivasan’s place with the ICC.9
The Cricket Association of Bihar (CAB), the petitioner in the IPL spot-fixing scandal case, argued in the Supreme Court against Srinivasan participating in the upcoming ICC elections in June. CAB reiterated that because Srinivasan had been temporarily suspended as BCCI president, he should not be able to represent India in the ICC or run in the ICC chairman elections.10 However, the Supreme Court did not hear CAB’s request and agreed with previous Bench decisions, allowing Srinivasan to run in the ICC presidential elections, scheduled for June 27, 2014.11

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Manali Kulkarni

Manali Kulkarni

Manali is currently a fourth year JD Candidate at the University of Maine School of Law. She was the COO at LawInSport and continues to be an executive contributor of the editorial board for LawInSport. She holds an LLM in Sports Law from Nottingham Law School (Nottingham Trent University). She is currently the legal extern for the Professional Collegiate League, and also serves as an intern for the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. 

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