The Indian Premier League’s Chief Operating Officer (COO) Sundar Raman resigned from his position on Tuesday, putting an end to the intense speculation over his future in the wake of the BCCI’s change of regime.
In its bid to clean up the system, the BCCI promptly accepted Raman’s resignation. It has been learnt that he had been asked by BCCI President Shashank Manohar to put in his papers by October 31.
The 43-year-old embattled cricket administrator, who is accused of wrongdoing in the scandal, will leave the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Thursday.
Earlier this year, the Supreme Court had appointed CBI superintendent of police Vivek Priyadarshi to head the investigating team that is assisting former chief justice RM Lodha in determining Raman’s role in the 2013 IPL betting and spot fixing scam.
There was still no official word from the BCCI nor any press release on Raman’s resignation. “Yes, Sundar Raman has resigned. I can confirm that,” the BCCI’s Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) told PTI on Tuesday.
Acccording to a top source, Raman met BCCI president Shashank Manohar in Nagpur on Monday and submitted his resignation.
Soon after taking charge of Indian cricket’s embattled governing body for a second time, Manohar had expressed his displeasure over the BCCI’s decision to retain Raman after his name cropped up in the 2013 IPL spot-fixing scandal. Raman faced a lot of flak following the outbreak of 2013 IPL spot-fixing scandal involving former Board President N Srinivasan’s son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan and Rajasthan Royals’ then co-owner Raj Kundra.
Despite all the controversies, Raman managed to sail through for two years.
In December last year when the Supreme Court made certain parts of the Mudgal Committee report public, Raman was decreed to have been ‘in touch with a contact of a bookmaker eight times during the last IPL season’. The Mudgal Committee in its report had observed that Raman’s role should be further investigated.