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Srinivasan’s road to ICC likely to be clear

LiveMint logoLiveMint 12-06-2014 Shreeja Sen

New Delhi/Mumbai: The Cricket Association of Bihar (CAB) on Thursday moved the Supreme Court for an early hearing of its application to not allow erstwhile Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) chief N. Srinivasan to participate in the forthcoming International Cricket Council (ICC) election.

The two-judge bench, however, declined its early listing and stated: “The order is clear.”

The court was referring to a 28 March order, further extended by a 16 May order, that sought to keep Srinivasan away from BCCI activities until the completion of an investigation by a committee into allegations of spot-fixing and betting in the sixth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL).

The ICC is due to elect its head on 27 June in Melbourne, Australia, which is likely why the CAB moved the vacation bench for hearing either on Friday or Monday.

The apex court’s denial can be interpreted to mean that there is no bar to Srinivasan’s participating in the ICC elections.

BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel couldn’t be reached for comment.

Aditya Verma, secretary for the CAB, the main petitioner in this case, stated that the apex court had not rejected its application.

“The Supreme Court has not rejected the application for direction. It has only not allowed it to be listed on Monday. The application has not been listed and heard yet and therefore there is no question of rejecting it. Today the matter was mentioned by senior counsel Ajit Sinha only for listing the application on Monday. We will again mention our matter on Monday for early listing in the Supreme Court,” he said in an email.

However, refusing an early listing effectively renders the CAB application moot because a hearing before the regular bench of the court is only due in September.

Srinivasan had earlier moved the vacation bench of justices B.S. Chauhan and A.K. Sikri for modifying orders of 28 March and 16 May to reinstate him as BCCI president in all activities except those related to IPL.

In his petition, he stated that his removal caused him “loss of goodwill” and could cause “adverse impact” to his future career prospects, possibly referring to his ICC elevation. The court had then refused to modify orders passed by a different bench.

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