The Supreme Court’s decision to not suspend Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals from IPL 7 has come as a whiff of fresh air to the CSK camp which was a bit tensed on Thursday night as to what would happen on Friday.
The immediate reaction from the CSK camp was a sense of relief and joy. Given the circumstances and hype over the case, it is believed that the board president N Srinivasan is also satisfied with the outcome as most of the suggestions of the board have been accepted by the apex court.
“We (CSK) may have been a bit tensed on Thursday, but we were always confident that we would put across our points succinctly in the arguments and get a positive decision,’’ said a top official of Super Kings who is close to Srinivasan.
“We are overall satisfied with outcome as most our suggestions in the reply to the apex court’s queries have been accepted,’’ added the top official who is also a senior member of the TNCA.
Sources state that the board is not shocked by batting legend Sunil Gavaskar taking over from N Srinivasan or Shivlal Yadav (vice-president) supervising all the non-IPL activities.
“Our president N Srinivasan himself was willing to step aside and let someone head the board till the IPL enquiry was over. Plus, we have nothing against a player of the calibre of Gavaskar and welcome his appointment,’’ said a close aide and confidant of Srinivasan.
Yadav, vice-president of the BCCI, had made it clear that he was willing to take over from Srinivasan even before the verdict came out and it was learnt that this did not go down well with some board members.
“Yes. He (Shivlal) is our senior most vice-president and we have no issues at all in him taking care of the non-IPL affairs of the board,’’ explained a source.