Former India captain and a member of BCCI advisory committee Sourav Ganguly has insisted the Indian Premier League to get back on track following a betting scandal for which Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals face a 2 year ban for maintaining the integrity of the game.
Speaking to the reporters outside the Lord’s Cricket Ground where is attending a MCC World Cricket Committee meet, Ganguly said that the committee was formed to decide the punishment which was the right way to move forward. He quoted that’s the way it is. There was a committee appointed to decide the punishment and they felt that was the way to go forward. It’s a Supreme Court judgement, the highest authority in India.
He also added obviously, it’s not very good news for the IPL. But I’ve always believed that a few wrong things here and there doesn’t mean the entire tournament is bad. I hope the IPL recovers because it is not just about the off-field issues, it’s the cricket as well which has attracted players from all round the world and made T20 cricket into such a great platform. Hopefully it will recover and hopefully we will get the IPL back on track.
When asked about the members of the MCC World Cricket Committee Meet which includes former placers like Ricky Ponting and Shaun Pollock spoke about this in the meet which also had the ICC President and father-in-law of accused Gurunath Meiyappan, Ganguly said they had not had an opportunity to question Srinivasan about the IPL because the panel’s decision had not been made public by the time their meeting commenced. He wasn’t asked about this (the IPL), the meeting started at 9:30am (0830 GMT) so we hadn’t had the news by then, so there was no discussion about this, Ganguly concluded,
Ganguly was named as the icon player of Kolkata franchise Kolkata Knight Riders at the beginning of the inaugural edition of the IPL and later moved on to Pune Warriors India where he led them in a season before hanging up his boots.