India's Supreme Court on Tuesday reinstated Board of Control for Cricket in India President N. Srinivasan, "but ordered him to stay away from a fresh enquiry into alleged spot-fixing in the Indian Premier League," according to the AFP. Srinivasan, 68, widely regarded as the most powerful man in world cricket, "had been barred by the court from taking charge since his election" on Sept. 29 as BCCI president for a third year. A.K. Patnaik, one of the two judges who heard the case, said, "Srinivasan can take over as BCCI president, but we have also formed a new probe panel to investigate the case" (AFP, 10/9). IANS reported the apex court bench of Patnaik and Justice J.S. Kehar said that the BCCI and Srinivasan would completely keep off the probe panel, "but will extend all the facilities required by the investigators" (IANS, 10/8). The PTI reported Srinivasan was "quite happy" after the Supreme Court on Tuesday allowed him to take charge as BCCI president. Srinivasan said, "I think the Supreme Court has said I can resume functioning and discharge my functions. So I am quite happy because BCCI needs somebody." The Tamil Nadu strongman "did not seem too concerned with a new committee being formed." Srinivasan: "I have no comment on the new committee, Supreme Court has directly formed it. I have not a part of it. I have nothing to do with it" (PTI, 10/8).
Leagues and Governing Bodies
Premiership Rugby agreed to "beef up the investigative powers of their salary cap manager" on Tuesday and announced that any clubs guilty of breaches "will be named and shamed, with sanctions including points deductions and fines," according to Gavin Mairs of the London TELEGRAPH. The move comes after Sale Sharks and former England wing Mark Cueto said “there is no way” some clubs were sticking to the cap and that it was “blatantly obvious” to everyone in rugby. Among the new measures include a whistle-blowing hotline and "more transparent, salary cap monitoring and investigation system." Premiership Rugby will now have the power to undertake an "investigatory audit." That will "include the ability to use independent experts and access records held by a club who are suspected of breaching the regulations." Any clubs suspected of breaching the salary cap, which is set at £4.5M ($7.2M) this season, will be now be "subject to a confidential disciplinary hearing with the sanction of both a points deduction and fine available" (TELEGRAPH, 10/8). The PA reported Sport Resolutions UK "will run the disciplinary procedure, appointing an independent panel of legal experts and overseeing any appeal process." Premiership Rugby Dir Phil Winstanley said, "We've created a sharper tool for the salary cap and regulations manager to follow up any information or concerns anybody may have. Any information needs to be reasonable. Clearly this won't be a fishing expedition, but where there is reasonable concern there will be greater powers available" (PA, 10/8).
The National Association of Spanish Football Coaches (ANEF) on Tuesday "criticized the 3% tax that coaches currently pay" to the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF), according to the EP. The ANEF, however, hopes to negotiate on this topic and the signing of a new collective bargaining agreement. ANEF President Xavier Juliá said, "We are not here to divide but to come together. I want to reach out to the RFEF to talk." For Juliá, it is "inexplicable that coaches pay 3% of their contracts" in taxes. This "circumstance does not exist in Portugal, France or Italy." In Italy, coaches "pay .5%." Juliá lamented that Spain's Superior Sports Council (CSD) had not responded to "five or six letters requesting action against the taxes coaches are required to pay" (EP, 10/8).
The Int'l Cycling Union (UCI) "is proposing to scrap the sport's existing WorldTour and replace it with three divisions and a promotion and relegation system," according to Matt Westby of SKY SPORTS. Now under the leadership of Britain's Brian Cookson, the UCI "aims to submit the plan for approval" in January, begin implementing the changes in '15 and have the new model fully in place by '20. The first division would be made up of 16 elite teams competing over 120 days of racing per season, "with the second division comprising eight teams racing over 50 days." A third division "would then be made up of Professional Continental and Continental teams from the Europe, America, Asia, Africa and Oceania Tours." The new format "would see the season run from February to October, with no overlap between events and stage races cut to five or six days." Teams will be selected for the first division based on sporting, ethical, financial and administrative criteria, "with sporting performances determining who is relegated and promoted at the end of the season" (SKY SPORTS, 10/8).
A meeting of "almost every state and Test cricket player will take place" in Sydney next week to "discuss rising concerns with the state of Australian cricket and propose solutions to the problems, which they will present to Cricket Australia before the end of the year." The players are "particularly worried about the overcrowded schedule, the prioritisation of the Big Bash League over Sheffield Shield and other domestic cricket plus a range of other issues they believe are behind declining performances" (THE AUSTRALIAN, 10/9). ... The decks for India's tour of South Africa "may get cleared by the third week of this month" as the Board of Control for Cricket in India has invited Cricket South Africa President Chris Nenzani "for discussions on the proposed bilateral series" (PTI, 10/8).