The Governing Council of IPL will meet in Mumbai on Sunday to discuss the future of IPL in the wake of justice Lodha committee verdict, but BCCI President Jagmohan Dalmiya will skip this crucial meeting, Times Now reported.
The septuagenarian has been suffering from age related illness, and busy with the Cricket Associations of Bengal (CAB) elections nomination. Also, the Fomer BCCI president Shasnk Manohor flew to Kolkata to convince Dalmiya the “need to cleanse the IPL.”
This governing council meeting is vital for Indian cricket as much crucial decisions will be taken at this meeting after the Lodha committee verdict.
The IPL GC headed by to politician Rajeev Shukla, is expected look into the finer points of the strong judgment issued a few days ago by three members Supreme Court – appointed committed headed by former Chief Justice of India R.M Lodha.
The Lodha committee suspended two times IPL champion Chennai Super Kings, and inaugural edition winners Rajasthan Royals on the line of betting activities as their owners Gurunath Meiyappan and Raj Kundra found guilty in 2013 IPL spot fixing incident.
Meiyappan, the former Team Principal of CSK, and Kundra, co-owner of the Rajasthan Royals, were suspended for life for indulging in betting and bringing the IPL and the game into disrepute.
IPL GC to chart out smooth roadmap
The IPL governing body urgently needs to chart out a smooth road map for the cash-rich but controversy-ridden T20 League, owned by the Cricket Board (BCCI), that has teetered on the edge for quite some time.
The IPL Governing Council has to negotiate a very tricky and rock-strewn path full of legal hurdles such as conflict of interest issues, which had brought it to its knees in the first place.
It has quite a few options in front of it to resurrect the falling reputation and credibility of the league which has taken one hit after another over the years since it started with a bang in 2008.
Putting on a brave face Shukla had commented after the judgment that the controversy-ridden IPL remained a “robust” product, insisting that the event will come back stronger with a minimum of eight teams.
IPL, a robust product: Shukla
“We are always concerned about IPL and let me assure you the next edition will be a bigger success. IPL is a robust product and this judgement (suspension of teams) should not affect IPL as a product. The idea is to have the tournament in full format with a minimum of eight teams. We can’t hold the event with six teams,” Shukla had said.
According to Shukla one of the options available for the IPL is to run the two suspended teams with BCCI control.
“There are many options available and we will discuss them all in the meeting on Sunday. One option is that BCCI runs the two teams and responsible people will be deputed for the job,” he had said ahead of the meeting.
However, views have already been expressed in some quarters that if this is the road the BCCI takes then conflict of interest issues could crop up again.
‘Will deliberate Lodha committee report’
“We will deliberate on their (Lodha Committee) report in the meeting. After that, a sub-group will be constituted and it will study the report. Based on that, we will decide how the report will be implemented,” Shukla had added.
Justice Lodha had also said a day after delivering the judgment that the BCCI was free to terminate the IPL 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 follow-up to the committee’s decision.
“It is for the BCCI to consider terminating the teams and the Supreme Court judgment is clear on that. The BCCI can do that,” Justice Lodha had told a TV channel. Inputs from PTI