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BCCI to constitute working group, report recommendations to Governing Council

Rajeev-ShuklaThe high-profile Indian Premier League (IPL) Governing Council meeting on Sunday ended with formation of another committee, this time called a ‘Working Group’, to study the Supreme Court’s verdict on the IPL spot-fixing scandal.

The IPL Governing Council (GC) met in Mumbai and deliberated on the order passed by the SC-appointed Justice Lodha Committee that suspended Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Rajasthan Royals (RR) for two years, while slapping a life ban on former CSK Team Principal Gurunath Meiyappan and RR co-owner Raj Kundra from participation in anything related to cricket in the country.

“BCCI respects the verdict of the Lodha Commission and will abide by their decisions, in toto,” the official statement by board secretary Anurag Thakur at the end of IPL GC meeting read.

“The members recognised that there is an urgent need to understand the impact of this decision and the wider ramifications for BCCI in detail, so as to uphold the paramountcy of the game in our country.

Discussions went on in the meeting and the board will sit down to study the verdict made by the three-member Supreme Court-appointed panel headed by former Chief Justice of India, R M Lodha.

The BCCI’s press release read on Sunday that the board respects the verdict and have accepted it. A working group has been formed to be chaired by Rajeev Shukla. The panel will sit down to study the 59-page Lodha report.

Advisors will play a role and explore all the possible measures to be adopted with an objective to protect the interests of all the stakeholders involved. The BCCI members recognised that there is an urgent need to understand the impact of this decision and the wider ramifications for BCCI in detail, so as to uphold the integrity of the game in India.

Earlier, the Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals were suspended from the T20 League for two years as punishment for betting activities of their key officials Gurunath Meiyappan and Raj Kundra during the 2013 season.

The GC meeting was also attended by BCCI Cricket Advisory Committee member Sourav Ganguly and Team India Director Ravi Shastri.

Shukla, talking to reporters after the meeting, said the names of the members of the Working Group will be announced on Monday.

“A small group within the Governing Council [will be formed] to discuss how the IPL can be conducted in future, with how many teams, what options the board has. We will also talk to sponsors and legal experts, after which the report will be submitted [in six weeks],” Shukla said.

“The group will also discuss how the league can be presented in a better way to the public. IPL 9 is going to be better than the previous editions,” Shukla added.

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