BCCI to form working group to ensure IPL’s future; to give recos in six weeks

MUMBAI: In order to deal with the
implications of the Justice RM Lodha
Committee’s verdict on the IPL
betting scandal, the governing council
of the Indian Premier League (IPL)
has decided to constitute a working
group while standing divided on the
fate of the franchises Chennai Super
Kings (CSK) and Rajasthan Royals
All the members, however, agreed
that the next edition of the IPL
should have a minimum of eight teams
so that legal hassles would be avoided
regarding the broadcasting
agreement. Multi Screen Media (MSM)
has the broadcast rights to the IPL.
The governing council of the IPL
decided that chairman Rajiv Shukla
would head the new group and give its
recommendations within six weeks.
The decision was taken at a meeting in
Mumbai of the IPL governing council
on Sunday, where members discussed
the implications of the verdict that
suspended Chennai Super Kings and
Rajasthan Royals from the domestic
T20 league for two years.
One group, including BCCI secretary
Anurag Thakur, favoured termination
of the two suspended IPL franchises.
Another section, however, said that
the BCCI should take over the
functioning of the CSK and RR during
the two-year suspension period.
On suggestion of a ten-team
structure, IPL COO Sundar Raman
opposed the idea as he felt that it
would lead to logistical problems with
the BCCI having to host 94 matches
per season. But the IPL had conducted
a season with 10 teams in 2011,
former treasurer Ajay Shirke said.
On an official note, Thakur said: “The
BCCI respects the verdict of the
Lodha commission and will abide by
their decisions in toto. The members
recognised that there is an urgent
need to understand the impact of this
decision and the wider ramifications
for the BCCI in detail, so as to uphold
the paramountcy of the game in our
“This group will work within a time-
bound period of six weeks and report
their recommendations to the IPL GC,
which will deliberate and share their
views with the working committee of
the BCCI for further action”.
Shukla said, “House has entrusted me
with responsibility to make a small
group that will take six weeks to
submit a report as to how we
implement the order and way forward
for the IPL. How to conduct the IPL,
how many teams and all stakeholders
CAC members, sponsors, broadcasters,
state associations, legal experts that
report will come to governing
“All stakeholders have given their
opinion. Everybody is of the view that
the show must go on. And I reiterate
that IPL 9 will be bigger and
Shukla refused to reveal details of
the meeting. “We cannot divulge the
deliberations of the meeting. A sub-
group has been constituted which will
recommend what needs to be done.
Members will be announced tomorrow
(Monday). We have decided to
implement Justice Lodha’s verdict in
spirit and decided to work accordingly.
All stakeholders have given their
opinion, everybody is of the view that
the show must go on.”
“A Supreme Court-appointed
committee has deliberated on it [the
IPL scandal] and after it has given its
verdict, I don’t think there is scope
for anybody else to comment.”
The Justice Lodha Committee was
constituted by the Supreme Court in
January to announce the degree of
punishment against Gurunath
Meiyappan, Raj Kundra and the two
franchisees—Chenai Super Kings and
Rajasthan Royals. In the verdict,
Justice RM Lodha, former Chief
Justice of India, said that the BCCI
was free to terminate the indicted
franchises. Lodha’s clarification came
in the wake of some confusion over
the committee’s proposal, specifically
over the extent to which the BCCI can
act against the two franchises as a
follow-up to the committee’s
Clause 11.3 (c) of the BCCI-IPL
franchise agreement says the
agreement can be terminated if “the
Franchise, any Franchise Group
Company and/or any owner acts in any
way which has a material adverse
effect upon the reputation or
standing of the League, BCCI-IPL,
BCCI, the Franchise, the team (or
any other team in the League) and/or
the game of cricket.”
BCCI president Jagmohan Dalmiya was
not present at the meeting for health
reasons. Ajay Shirke, Ravi Shastri
and Jyotiraditya Scindia participated
through video-conferencing.
Earlier in an interview to CNN-IBN,
Shukla had said, “The report is not a
black-spot on the BCCI and we are
cooperating with the Lodha
Commission. The BCCI is arranging
for all the meetings and we did not
oppose the Lodha verdict.”
Shashank Manohar’s views
Prior to the IPL GC meeting, former
BCCI president Shashank Manohar said
that the BCCI cannot adopt the two
teams. That is because its rules and
regulations do not allow it to do so.
Manohar blamed N Srnivasan for the
mess. “Srinivasan should have stepped
down in 2013. No individual is ahead of
institution and he too is the root of
all scandals and should immediately
step down from his position as
chairman of the ICC.
“The BCCI [under Srinivasan] has done
nothing to improve its image and now
the Board has no option but to
implement Lodha Committee’s
findings,” Manohar continued.
He also felt that IPL COO Sundar
Raman should have been removed
immediately after the Mudgal
Committee report was made public.
“Raman should have gone immediately
after the Mudgal Committee report
found him prima facie guilty of
wrongdoings. He ought to have
stepped down immediately at that
time. Now, to restore the faith of
people in the IPL and the game,
Raman needs to go,” he said.

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