Corruption in the IPL June 1, 2013

Rajiv Shukla resigns as IPL chairman

ESPNcricinfo staff

Rajiv Shukla has resigned as IPL chairman, following the scandal over alleged corruption in the league. His decision to stand down comes less than 24 hours after the resignations of two top BCCI officials, secretary Sanjay Jagdale and treasurer Ajay Shirke, and on the eve of a crucial BCCI working committee meeting in Chennai, where the future of N Srinivasan as board president is expected to be decided.

On Saturday evening, Shukla told PTI: "I have decided to quit as IPL chairman. It is a decision that I was pondering over for some time. I think it is time to step down. Sanjay Jagdale and Ajay Shirke resigned in the best interest of Indian cricket. I thought this is the right time."

Shirke, responding to news of Shukla's resignation, said the challenge now lay in how to move forward. "It is his decision. He's in the eye of the storm, he must have realised the gravity of what he felt," Shirke told Times Now. "It is never too late, the question is what are the steps being taken from now on to restore the faith and restore transparency. No one is able to pinpoint the faults and what steps should be taken."

Shukla took over as IPL chairman at the BCCI's Annual General Meeting in September 2011, from Chirayu Amin. The tenure is for a year, but can be extended at the board's AGM. Shukla, who was reappointed as chairman in 2012, had gone on record saying he would not extend his term at this September's AGM.

IPL 2013 has been plunged into controversy over the past two weeks, following the arrests of three Rajasthan Royals players for alleged spot-fixing, and Chennai Super Kings official Gurunath Meiyappan - the the son-in-law of board president N Srinivasan, who is also the managing director of Super Kings' owner, India Cements - for alleged betting.

Apart from Shukla, the IPL's governing council comprises Arun Jaitley (Delhi District Cricket Association), Anirudh Chaudhary (Haryana Cricket Association), Amitabh Chaudhary (Jharkhand CA), Sanjay Patel (Baroda CA), Ganga Raju (Andhra CA), MP Pandove (Punjab CA), and former India Test cricketer and current television commentator Ravi Shastri.

Meanwhile Jagdale, who resigned as BCCI secretary on Friday, said a "massive clean-up job" is necessary following the controversies. "The spot-fixing and betting scandal has badly dented the image of cricket. A massive clean-up job is required to overcome this," he said. "But this will take time as the damage done is very big.

"It is very difficult to stop fixing in cricket and BCCI has its own limitations, but the the board can strengthen its surveillance and curb the menace of fixing. At the same time, the BCCI will have to take strict action against cricketers who are found guilty. To earn the faith of fans, the BCCI administrators will have to show determination and work as a unit."

Whether Srinivasan, under mounting pressure, will step aside as board president - at least temporarily, until the inquiry into Gurunath, India Cements and Rajasthan Royals' owners is complete - is likely to be answered on Sunday, following the BCCI's emergency meeting. Jagdale said he would not consider returning to the BCCI even if Srinivasan resigned: "I am not even looking at the possibility of coming back into the BCCI's fold. I think I am done with my innings."

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  • Rajeev on June 4, 2013, 4:29 GMT

    Resignation is not the solution. One should sort out certain issues which has happened when they were in charge. One cannot just step down because of some unethical thing happened on and off field. Its time to clean cricket and not leave cricket.

  • vinod kumar on June 2, 2013, 19:10 GMT

    The trial by media in the spot fixing scandal is not acceptable to a large number of cricket lovers, who have no affiliation to any power groups in the BCCI , other than their pure unadulterated and unimpeachable love for this great game of Cricket.While I sit in South Africa and watch NDTV with friends, the comments of some of the journalists or experts of cricket tend to give the impression that everybody in BCCI is corrupt or a crook.This gives a bad picture of Indian Cricket and its organizers.The IPL is a fantastic product which is viable and has brought joy to millions and has also brought some very serious talents in cricket to the fore by adequately compensating some young talents. Some may have wavered and brought disrepute to this great game but to paint the whole cricketing fraternity in India as crooks is not acceptable to a majority of Lovers of cricket.The Media in India should be more responsible and help in cleaning up cricket in India than to destroy it.

  • Ashley on June 2, 2013, 8:24 GMT

    I don't understand why Srinivasan should resign. Nobody has accused him of any wrong doing. His fault is that his daughter is married to a person who bets on cricket. If you are asking him to resign because he may influence the probe against his own team, the entire BCCI including all the previous office bearers, who allowed a BCCI office-bearer to own an IPL team, should resign

  • Kavin on June 2, 2013, 2:53 GMT

    ....and come September's board election same bunch of people will be back in BCCI. Not to mention the Chief have already started playing "Remote Control" politics tactics to have his men even if he is out of the board.

  • Dummy4 on June 2, 2013, 0:14 GMT

    Ultimately, the fans are the victims here.

  • Dummy4 on June 1, 2013, 22:40 GMT

    Resignation will that stop the corruption.

  • Dummy4 on June 1, 2013, 22:03 GMT

    Its players who are accused of spot fixing. How will all these officials resigning help?

  • Gower on June 1, 2013, 21:19 GMT

    If Srinivasan goes, there is no more safeguard between trigger happy individuals like Amarnath and Indian cricket. The single act of preserving Dhoni's skin when the media/pundit hounds were after him, makes Srinivasan an indispensable spine of steel that Indian cricket absolutely needs. The reactionary, low IQ forces will take over Indian cricket in his absence. Of course, this assumes Srinivasan is cleared of any misconduct etc in this whole spot-fixing debacle.

  • Raviteja on June 1, 2013, 19:43 GMT

    You don't abolish the Parliament when few MPs are corrupt. Similarly asking to scrap IPL is a silly thing. IPL has raised the level on Indian cricket to a whole new level. Also, I have seen IPL generate large employment.

    I dislike the string of resignations that are being given out by key members who are considered not corrupt and sincere to their duties. This is simply running away from system instead of cleaning it and giving more space for the corrupt to control the system. Disappointed.