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‘Don’t have a magic wand to solve conflict of interest issue ‘

Yadav welcomed the court order and said he would do his best to restore the faith of the fans in the game.

Kolkata |
Updated: March 29, 2014 11:26:57 am
Shivlal Yadav Shivlal Yadav

Shivlal Yadav, the most senior of BCCI’s five vice-presidents, has been appointed by the Supreme Court to take charge of the Indian cricket board administrative affairs, barring the IPL. In an interview with The Indian Express, the former India off-spinner welcomed the court order and said he would do his best to restore the faith of the home fans in the game. Excerpts:

Are you happy with the Supreme Court’s interim order?

Very happy. In fact, this is what we wanted. This is what should have happened.

You have been made incharge of BCCI’s affairs, but a difficult road lies ahead. What’s going to be your primary task?
Restoring the faith of the cricket fans is of paramount importance. We’ve already initiated the process to clean up cricket, but more needs to be done. I can assure you I will leave no stone unturned to make our cricket free of corruption.

We’ve been hearing this from the BCCI for the last 10-odd months. But the cricket board hasn’t addressed the root cause yet — conflict of interest. The BCCI constitution was amended to allow N Srinivasan to buy Chennai Super Kings. Now that you’ve been given the responsibility, would you have a rethink on the issue?
I alone can’t decide on this and I don’t have a magic wand. I’ve just been informed that I’ve to take charge. Allow me to go to the root of it. There are issues that need to be addressed but these decisions are taken in the working committee.
I will meet the other members of the BCCI in two-three days and very soon we will call a meeting. The members have a right to put forward their views and we’ve to approach the task collectively. Whatever we do, we will do it in the best interest of the game.

Can corruption be completely eradicated from Indian cricket?
I won’t say that. As long as there are felons in the society there could be odd incidents. It happens everywhere, in every sport. But we can put a curb on corruption to help Indian cricket return to its old glory.

What are you plans to steer the board away from this crisis?
The crisis will pass, of course it will. Indian cricket is far too strong to be bogged down by this. This is just a passing phase. Better times will come again.

This is an interim arrangement. Do you, or Sunil Gavaskar for that matter, have the freedom to work independently without any interference?
I can’t speak for Mr Gavaskar, but as far as I’m concerned, the honourable Supreme Court has given me the responsibility and I’ve the authority to work on my own. The BCCI is a great organisation and we work collectively. But there won’t be any pressure on me.

Can this Gavaskar-Yadav partnership work magic for Indian cricket?
It feels nice to be united again. Gavaskar was my captain and I was one of his premier spin bowlers. We had many moments to savour on the field. On the administrative front also, we would like to see our partnership making a positive impact.

Where does Gavaskar’s appointment place Ranjib Biswal, the present IPL chairman?
Biswal will be there. He will report directly to Gavaskar.

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