IPL news May 24, 2013

Shukla meets law minister over anti-corruption law

ESPNcricinfo staff

Rajiv Shukla, the IPL chairman, and Arun Jaitley, the BCCI vice-president, have met the federal law minister, Kapil Sibal, in Delhi over the planned legislation to deal with corruption in sports. The two are also likely to meet the sports minister, Jitendra Singh.

"Today Arun Jaitley, who is chairman of the disciplinary committee and I met the law minister and requested that the strongest possible law be made to crack down on match-fixing," Shukla said. "We want a law to be enacted as quickly as possible because people are taking advantage of the absence of a law."

The sports minister had said on Thursday that a sports bill was being drafted and it should be ready by June 30. Speaking at a conference on Friday, Singh said a "long-term" plan to curb corruption in sports was being prepared.

"We are talking about ways to bring about transparency in all sports. We have a long-term plan and we will use this opportunity with the ministers as well as bureaucrats in the states to work out some sort of plan to try and curb this menace," Singh said.

"My ministry has no control over the BCCI or the IPL but we need to think about the bigger picture. We are all ashamed, we are all worried and it is not just me, the players and the citizens of this country are ashamed. Hence, we will have to try and figure out a solution together."

One more person was arrested by the Delhi police on suspicion of betting on Friday. "Yahya Mohammad has been picked up from the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport [in Hyderabad] in connection with the cricket betting racket by the Delhi Police team," an official said.

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  • Keith on May 27, 2013, 3:37 GMT

    The one take-away from this short article is the phrase of sports minister Mr Kapil Sibal: 'My ministry has no control over the BCCI or the IPL...' How will the proposed sports bill change that basic fact? If the bill had real teeth, would Mr Sibal have said the following: '...[W]e will have to try and figure out a solution together'. This seems a fine sentiment, but likely amounts to yet another in a long series of accommodations to the perceived needs of the "Great Men in the Sky Boxes", plus the need to provide government officials with their own form of protection from the obvious question: 'What was your role in all of these goings on for all these years?'

  • Raghu on May 24, 2013, 18:52 GMT

    While the BCCI, IPL, CSK etc are all under the scanner in the Indian media, it is both baffling and highly suspicious that the very same media has nothing to say about Rajiv Shukla, the IPL Chairman. Not one Indian TV Channel has even interviewed him. Are the media owners too scared to take on Shukla, given his Ministerial staus and his proximity to the highest in the land? That would expose the media as much as the BCCI. Shame

  • Dummy4 on May 24, 2013, 14:05 GMT

    "We are talking about ways to bring about transparency in all sports"? What about a particular sports governing body?

  • Dummy4 on May 24, 2013, 12:59 GMT

    The BCCI is a joke. They have bred a culture where there is no accountability at any level. How can an organisation that has as its President one of the owners of an IPL franchise bring any level of accountability? It is easy to say 'bring a law in place'. Why hasn't the BCCI done anything to ensure that there are checks in place in a tournament where money flows like water? Shocking, embarrassing and a travesty.

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