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Mudgal is satisfied

New Delhi: Justice (retd) Mukul Mudgal, who headed the probe committee which conducted an investigation into the IPL scandal, Friday described the Supreme Court’s interim order as “balanced” and in the “best interest of Indian cricket”.

“I expected nothing else…. It was a very balanced order by the Supreme Court. It balances the interest of administration, purity of the game and interest of the players, team and Indian cricket and also the cricket-loving people of the county. I am sure it will go a long way in improving Indian cricket,” said Mudgal.

The Supreme Court on Friday ordered Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) chief Narayanswamy Srinivasan to step aside amid a corruption probe and said Sunil Gavaskar should be made the interim president only for managing affairs of the IPL, while the senior most vice-president should take care of the non-IPL affairs of the Board.

Mudgal welcomed the decision and said: “If an expert cricketer, and an intelligent and educated person like Gavaskar is selected then nothing better than that. Gavaskar was an outstanding cricketer, the best that India has produced. He was the India captain, an expert and a commentator, though his hands were tied because of the BCCI contract.

“He knows the working of cricket intimately and it is good for the game…. One of the qualities of Gavaskar is his ability to stand up against white supremacy that existed. So he is a very good choice,” he said.

Asked about Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Mudgal told a television channel: “The decision which Supreme Court will take on April 16 will be crucial, but I don’t know whether Dhoni’s career hinges on it. Only one deposition is involved before us. So we have to really wait for the verdict of the court.”

Meanwhile, the Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA) has questioned the promotion of Shivlal Yadav to the top job as the senior-most vice-president.

“It has been suggested that Mr Shivlal Yadav would be taking over as BCCI chief because of his seniority. What are the grounds for finding out the seniority? Will it be calculated on ground of experience, age, terms or time of taking over the post? Or what?” questioned Mehmood Abdi, a permanent RCA representative in the BCCI, known better as the lawyer of the former IPL commissioner Lalit Modi.