IPL news October 8, 2010

Mohinder Amarnath appointed to IPL governing council

ESPNcricinfo staff

Mohinder Amarnath, the former India allrounder, has been inducted into the IPL's governing council. He joins Ravi Shastri, a former India captain, as the second cricketer on the panel and will serve a one-year term.

Amarnath's appointment came after two former captains, Sunil Gavaskar and Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi, refused the BCCI's offer to be part of the league's governing council.

Under the old system, headed by Lalit Modi, the three former cricketers on the council - Gavaskar, Shastri and Pataudi - were paid Rs 1 crore (approximately $220,000) for their services. The BCCI, however, said at its annual general meeting that members would no longer receive a salary. A day later, Gavaskar turned down the BCCI's offer to be part of the governing council, saying he felt that the IPL was a commercial enterprise and those working for it should be remunerated

Doing away with salaries was only one of the wholesale changes the BCCI made to the league's governing council. It dissolved the existing body and set up a new one with Chirayu Amin as the chairman. The council also included five other members - Arun Jaitley, Ranjib Biswal, Anurag Thakur, Ajay Shirke and Rajiv Shukla - and two former cricketers, one of whom was Shastri, who agreed to work in an honorary capacity.