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'IPL is here to stay' - BCCI secretary

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June 9, 2013

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Sanjay Patel, the newly appointed BCCI secretary, has said the Indian Premier League has a place in cricket despite the recent arrests and allegations relating to spot-fixing and betting.

"IPL is here to stay. There are external problems in the league and we are going to address each and every element before next year," Patel told the Times of India. "Jagmohan Dalmiya (the interim BCCI president) is known to take tough steps and with so many senior officials around, I don't think these recent events can stall the league. Cricket is bigger than individuals."

India fast bowler Sreesanth and his Rajasthan Royals team-mates Ankeet Chavan and Ajit Chandila were arrested for alleged indulgence in spot-fixing and consequently suspended by the BCCI. Gurunath Meiyappan, son-in-law of the then BCCI president N Srinivasan and a top management official of the Chennai Super Kings, was arrested on charges of betting, fraud and forgery and Raj Kundra, co-owner of Rajasthan Royals confessed to betting as well. Treasurer Ajay Shirke, secretary Sanjay Jagdale and IPL chairman Rajiv Shukla resigned from their posts and Srinivasan temporarily stepped aside as president at a BCCI Working Committee meeting in Chennai, until a two-man independent committee reached a verdict on Meiyappan and Kundra's transgressions.

"We will initiate a stricter code of conduct for the cricketers." said Patel, who is joint secretary of the Baroda Cricket Association and member of the IPL governing council. "We stopped the after-match parties a long time ago. The BCCI had nothing to do with the get together that was happening during the IPL season. The BCCI can't allow anything that is tarnishing the image of the league."

He also directed attention to other aspects of the BCCI and Indian cricket. "Apart from the IPL, everything in the board is functioning well. Our cricket team is doing well in England and there are no worries with the day-to-day working of the board. There is also a probe committee which is looking into the IPL."

The committee's decision is likely to be announced after the Working Committee meeting in New Delhi on June 10.

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Posted by anshu.s on (June 11, 2013, 8:51 GMT)

BCCI has both good and bad people working in it, BCCI is often dictated by TV companies who are always on the lookout for arranging more and more limited over matches at the expanse of tests, you might recall that test championship idea was shelved by ICC because the brodcast holders decided in there wisdom that a test championship was not lucrative enough. It happens in England also as ECB was pushed by Skysports to play matches in early may despite the weather being dodgy plus there insistence on having meaningless bilateral ODI's, when England has already played Kiwis and then CT whats the need to play Aussies in another one day series when Ashes is on horizon.Likes of Man United instead of playing scunthorpe and Oldham in pre-season would be going on a trip of Asia because Asian market is considerd lucrative, look greed is everwhere , i don't begrudge anyone earning money but just like you hope a right balance is struck.

Posted by anshu.s on (June 11, 2013, 8:35 GMT)

@Nutcutlet mate, i appreciate your concerns , look i am also a big football fan but do not encourage tribalism beyond a point, i have often mentained in football forums that EPL clubs need to develop English players instead on relying on foriegn players for short term gains because apart from success of that concerned club English national football team's development and well being should be the biggest concern and plus local fans connect better with homegrown players than foriegn merceneries. Coming to cricket apart from the BCCI i also blame the media and the fans of not being interested in domestic cricket, we have our Ranji trophy and other tournaments but not more than ten people watch it and media hardly mentions it , but moment you put a team India match on hundreds of journalist descend on it and ask same cliched questions and make every trivial thing a breaking news.if enough attention and hype was around Ranji trophy then an IPL woudn't have been needed in first place.contd

Posted by Nutcutlet on (June 11, 2013, 6:33 GMT)

@anshu.s: you're a fan of the game & I certainly see your point about the IPL being a showcase for promising youngsters/local players, although being close to others who are (or may be) involved in illegal activities might not be the best idea ever thought of. For most of the demographic of the IPL audience, however, the cricket is only a small part of the entertainment they've paid for. As people are saying more & more, it's more about the razzmataz & some don't even care if the cricketers are playing honestly. A clean up, which would allow a greater focus on the cricket, may well remove the cricketainment fans & then sponsors will move out as their niche market will be doing something else. And cricket is so unlike football where club comes before country (which is why cricket is a more evolved sport: tribalism preceded national identities) the comaprison is false. And you may put the nation's cricket before the IPL, but the BCCI hasn't, has it? Profit alone drives their priorities.

Posted by anshu.s on (June 10, 2013, 10:05 GMT)

@Nutcutlet, mate IPL is here to stay and it will grow only stronger once the rot that is crept in is checked and halted, to answer your question weather IPL or nation comes first , ofcourse nation comes first as IPL is played for two months and the "Nation" gets to play international cricket for rest of the ten months,.I and many others support IPL not for the glamour quotient or the thrills of T-20 format but because local Indian players get a chance under spotlight and showcase there talent in such a high profile tournament, concentrating solely on national team is restrictive and elitist, because what you are saying is that if a cricketer is not selected for his national team he has no right to exist, we have reduced our domestic first class teams as mere feeders for national team, look playing for your national team is the pinnacle of your career, highest honour but look at other professional sports which are club driven and that is your bread and butter, just look at football.

Posted by satishchandar on (June 10, 2013, 6:06 GMT)

There is no way such a big event is going to happen without any issues on and off field.. Financial irregularities, fixing claims - especially the plaeyrs meet more agents and attend more promotional events which will give them access to new people who might be tainted and can push over the players when they need it.. Betting WILL happen for sure in the games.. The most pitiful thing is, the owners betting where they have chance to gain more information from the team members/support staffs.. If these stuffs can be avoided, IPL can stay for longer period of time..

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (June 9, 2013, 18:49 GMT)

@ARad: I think you have not understood the whole point. Please read that particular line "Apart from the IPL, everything is functioning well.." part once again. Mr. Patel meant that apart from the IPL scandals revolving around the spot fixing, betting and corruption news, the board (BCCI) is not in a state of panic or collapse. What else do you expect an interim regime to do ? They are currently in the midst of investigations and probing. I am sure they will enact new changes to the direction of the BCCI administrative framework in the coming weeks and months. The BCCI is the world's most powerful cricket board. It cannot be dissolved in one day. I think the public first of all needs to show maturity and patience before pointing fingers at those responsible for the Indian game. Indian cricket is like a body full of poison and it takes time to slowly drain that poison away. That is exactly what the interim committee is doing. Indian cricket will come out stronger than ever.

Posted by NP_NY on (June 9, 2013, 18:30 GMT)

"External problems in the league" - what does that mean? If the problem is in the league it is not external. Or if it is an external problem, it is not a problem "in the league". So what are you talking about, Mr.Patel? Focus on cleaning the mess and the fans (who are the primary reason IPL exisits) will decide whether the IPL will stay, not you!

Posted by ARad on (June 9, 2013, 17:57 GMT)

"Apart from the IPL, everything is functioning well" says Mr. Patel. If there have been written regulations to handle infractions, BCCI wouldn't have to go through what it went through over the past few weeks so the above sentence only highlights the disappointing fact that BCCI is trying its best to continue as it is without making meaningful structural/organizational changes or other improvements towards better governance. In other words, there is no GREAT news here and nothing is being done to make IPL stronger as some others think.

Posted by Nutcutlet on (June 9, 2013, 17:50 GMT)

I'm confused. Are those who are in charge of the BCCI also concerned with a non-national commercial enterprise (the IPL)? Talk about building in conflict of interest! Which comes first - the national sides or the IPL? Does anyone care? Still, things are done differently in India & generally they end up in court. The lawyers must be doing nicely out of the singing from different song sheets. Oh, BTW, would someone also explain Sanjay Patel's comment ('There are external problems in the league..')? It is not possible to have external problems" in" something. External problems are, well, external.Outside. And there was I thnking we all spoke the same language. Ah, well! So, let's rephrase Sanjay's comment, this time in plain English: "There are problems within the league." Which is what we knew anyway. Furthermore, I seem to think that the 'problems' (a great euphemism for an almighty fetid mess) are now the concern of the legal authorities. So what can the BCCI do anyway? Pls publish!

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